My lesson was planned last week: read Nikki Giovanni’s Rosa and show the kids how one author introduces us to a character.
I reread the book, made notes about points to make: the repetition, poetic language, text references to Rumplestiltskin, to Brown vs. the Board of Education.
I was ready.
Then I open the newspaper this morning and see an editorial commemorating Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday. Today.
And I smiled.
Teachers know these kinds of things happen all of the time. There’s a force somewhere that is in our corner, leading us to find the right connection at the right time.
It happens all the time.
Happy birthday, Rosa.
Thanks for adding a whole lot to my lesson today. And for reminding me that I love this job.