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Real People Real History-" Rolling Warrior" Book Study & Disability Rights

Bridget Smith M.Ed.
Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(851)
In this self paced class learners will read and reflect on "Rolling Warrior: The Incredible and Sometimes Awkward True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Sparked a Revolution" and the struggle for disability rights.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
4 units//4 lessons//4 Weeks
Unit 1Judy's Childhood
1 lesson1 Week
Judy's Childhood
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Judy's Childhood
As we learn about Judy Heumann's early years, we will learn about disability language and advocacy.
Unit 2Learning Self Advocacy
1 lesson1 Week
Learning Self Advocacy
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Learning Self Advocacy
Judy needed to practice self advocacy throughout her young adulthood. We will also explore how modern advocates work to make the world more accessible for people with disabilities.
Unit 3The Fight for Disability Rights: The 504 Protest
1 lesson1 Week
The Fight for Disability Rights: The 504 Protest
 Week 3
Lesson 3
The Fight for Disability Rights: The 504 Protest
As we explore the history of the 504 protests in "Rolling Warrior", we will also learn about access challenges for modern day travelers with disabilities.
Unit 4Victory and the Road to ADA
1 lesson1 Week
Victory and the Road to ADA
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Victory and the Road to ADA
This week we will explore Judy's role as a leader in the American's with Disabilities Act protests as well as her worldwide advocacy for people with disabilities. You are also invited to learn from the first person accounts of disabled individuals as well as research and create an informational project on a specific disability.
Students will develop a deeper understanding of the history of the disability rights movement.  They will also develop fluency and comprehension by reading and responding to an engaging non fictional autobiography.  They will use graphic organizers to think and respond critically to the materials we are studying.  Wherever possible, the teacher will provide support to make the course accessible for dysgraphic and dyslexic learners.
Bridget Smith is a teacher with ADHD who specializes in supporting neurodiverse learners including students with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and dysgraphia on the Outschool learning platform.  To date she has taught over 5,000 neurodiverse learners! Bridget holds a BA in World Literature and Cultural Studies. She is a credentialed teacher with a Master's Degree in Education.  She is credentialed in the State of California to teach multiple subjects for elementary Schoolers and middle Schoolers as well as English Language Arts to middle school and high schoolers.  Bridget holds a B-CLAD credential which gives her additional credentials and experience supporting diverse learners.  She is a former dual emersion bilingual teacher and high school ESL teacher. She is passionate about history, and is looking forward to offering a series of Real People, Real History book studies on Outschool.
Homework Offered
As this is a flex class students will be assigned work to do through our online classroom. Learners will be encouraged to read around 4 chapters each week in order to be prepared for class discussions.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
No formal assessment is offered. If students need proof of completion for homeschool credit they are welcome to compile a portfolio of their work and request a narrative evaluation from the instructor.
Grades Offered
This class is designed to support students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other learning disabilities with a low reading level book.  Students can use graphic organizers, create videos, or draw to respond to class posts and videos. 
Please purchase: "Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels who Helped Spark a Revolution" by Judith Heumann with Kristen Joiner You can participate with a paper, e-book version or audiobook.

Graphic organizers and other learning supports may be posted in the Outschool classroom before each class session.  It is also good to have paper, pen or pencil, and something to draw with available for every class.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Learners may be exposed to some mild swearing and bleeped foul language in the videos posted for the class.  Judith's experiences were sometimes very challenging in her quest for equal protection under the law.  She describes her protest experience in detail as well as her experiences in a disability segregated classroom throughout her early years. This is a middle grade and up book, and the language and experiences shared are more appropriate for that age of learner.
Resources and Activities from a Facing History and Ourselves Curriculum designed for a Community Read on "Rolling Warrior" are used in this class.

NPR and Time Magazine articles about disability issues.

YouTube Videos including TedTalks, UpWorthy profiles, a short documentary about the making of an adaptive clothing commercial, and various first person interviews with autistic people, people with Down Syndrome, activist Judith Heumann, and children with various disabilities.
Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(851)
I love being part of the Outschool learning community!  I offer executive function courses for neurodivergent  and preteens and students with learning disabilities.   I specialize in supporting teens with ADHD, autistic learners, learners with... 
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4 weeks of teacher support
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