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  1. By Calvin Alexander Ramseyillustrations by Floyd Cooper.
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  3. Lesson Summary: Students will read 'Ruth and the Green Book' as a community read aloud.They will discuss events and details from the story.Then students will use the events and details to support an opinion of the Green Book using a quote from the Victor Greene (creator of the book). Activity Summary: Students will use discussion points to create their written points using phrases: (for.
The Green Book (book or video file)
'Opinions About the Green Book' (Print the first page and project it OR print as 2 page Packets , PDF linked below)
(Optional: Civil Rights Act of 1964 video, 5:11)
​Scaffold Vocabulary:
Green Book (a book that helped travelers during segregation)
Segregation (separation)
Jim Crow (laws supporting segregation/separation)
Introduce The Green Book:
Show students the cover of The Green Book. Tell them the author and illustrator's name.
Explain that this is a video that takes place during segregation. (If this topic is new to student's you can show th optional video on the Civil Rights Movement, 5:11). Tell students that the main character 'Ruth' lives in Chicago and she is headed down to the South where there were more segregation laws. This book is about her journey.
(Optional: Genre Review)
Genre: Explain that Ruth is not a real character but the book is telling a story based on history.
Q: What genre of Fiction is this?
Sample Answer: The genre is Historical Fiction.

Read 'Ruth and the Green Book' and Answer Questions using Opinion Phrases:
Explain: We are going to answer questions as we read, while we do this we are going to use the opinion phrases (gesture to projected worksheet OR have students refer to the top page of their packet). Review the words and how to use them with students. Then read and remind students to place papers (if they hold them) down on the rug/table in front of them.
p.5-6, Read through page 6, 'The people who should be ashamed of themselves were those service station owners'.
Q: Why couldn’t Ruth and her Mother use the restroom?
(Sample Answer: Ruth and her Mother couldn't use the restroom because of segregation/racism/exclusion/Kim Crowe.)
Q:How does Ruth feel when the trip begins compared to now? Use the words 'for instance'.
(Sample Answer: When the trip begins Ruth is excited, for instance, her mother wants to stay in a hotel. They are excited but now they are embarrassed and might not feel safe/welcome.)
P. 7-8, read through page 8, ‘I was tired when Daddy stopped….Mama gave me a look that said Ruth, just keep quiet.
Q: What do you predict just happened when Ruth's Daddy stopped to get a hotel room?
(Sample Answer: I think that the hotel wouldn’t let the family stay because of their skin color/because they are a Black family/segregation).
Q:Why do you think Ruth's Daddy he slams the door?
(Sample Answer: I think Ruth's Daddy slams the door because he couldn't get his family a hotel room.)
Q: It's seems to be late at night, in additionto not being able to stay at that hotel what might he be worried about? Use the words 'in addition to'.
(Sample Answer: In addition to not finding a room there he might be worried that he won't find a place from them to stay at all.)

p9-10: Read through page 10, 'We kept driving through the night.…I felt homesick and I hugged brown bear close all day.’
Q: What is Ruth and her family noticing about the towns and places on the road? Why can't they stop there?
(Sample Answer: Ruth and her family are noticing that they are being segregated against so they had to sleep in their car)
Q: DO you think it feels safe or comfortable to spend the night in a car? Use the words 'for instance' in your answer.
(Sample Answer: No I don’t think it feels safe or comfortable to spend the night in a car, for instance, they might feel scared/lonely.)
Q: What is Ruth’s family doing to cheer themselves up?
(Sample Answer: Ruth and her family are singing to cheer themselves up)
Q: Did you ever sing to cheer yourself up? Use the words 'for instance' in your answer.
(Sample Answer: I sang to cheer myself up once, for instance I sang...)
p.13-14: Read through page 14, 'The next day as we loaded into the car…my job that day was to look for the Esso station.’
(Clarify: Jim Crowe law’s connection to segregation and the Whites Only signs.)
Think aloud: I wonder why she has to look out for Esso Stations?
Q: Why do you think Ruth is looking out for 'Esso Stations?' Use the words 'in order to' in your answer.
(Take predictions, think aloud)
(Sample Answer: I think Ruth has to look out for Esso stations in order to make sure they can get gas/find friendly people.)

17-18: Read through page 18, 'Mama read about a place….I’m going to do the same one day.'
Q; What has changed in their journey?
(Sample Answer: The Green Book helps them to find places where they are welcome.)
Q: How do you think it feels for Ruth, after seeing so many 'Whites Only' signs, to hold the Green Book and see so many places inside it where they are welcome? Use the words 'for instance' in your examples.
(Discuss and share feelings: happy, glad, safe, excited.)
(Sample Answer: I think it feels safer, for instance they won't have trouble finding a place to stay again.)
​p.21-22: Read through page 22, 'By the time we got the car fixed…For the first time since we left home we were really happy.’
Q: What do Ruth and her family discover they have in common with the other travelers at the inn?
(Sample Answer: Ruth and her family discover that they all carry the Green Book.)
Q: Why do you think they all carry the Green Book? Use the words 'for instance' in your answers.
(Sample Answer: The Green Book helps them travel safely, for instance, it helps them find a place to stay/find gas/ find food/do their jobs/make money for their family.)
Read to the end:
Q;Why do you think Ruth gave Brown Bear to the boy? Use the words 'in order to' in your answer.
(Sample Answer: I think Ruth gave Brown Bear to the boy in order to help him be less scared/more comfortable).
Q: What does Ruth mean when she says it felt like they were ‘one big family’?
(Sample Answer: Ruth says it felt like one big family because everyone was talking to each other and helping each other to feel welcome and safe.)
Q: How is this book about the power of community? Use a phrase of your choice in your answer.
(Discuss, ask for examples)
Explain that
1) Students will use the opinion phrases (projection/on paper) to write their own opinions.
2) Have students flip to the 2nd page of their packets (or handout pages in you projected the phrases). Show them that the 'Green Book' was a real book created by Victor Greene. Read the instructions together, be clear that they must use THREE PHRASES.
3) Read Victor Greene's statement with student TWICE. Do not share on what it means but check in with students to see if they think they have a good understanding of it. For those who indicate they do, they can begin writing. Sit with readers who are still confused and break the lnaguage down together. Once they have a foothold send them off to write.
4)Circulate and support students in their use of phrases.
Students can share their writing in partnerships or as a community depending on time.

This is an IRA lesson using the book Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and The Negro Motorist Green Book by Victor Green. The IRA is appropriate for kindergarten and 1st grade, however it can also be used as a read aloud, shared reading,.

The picture book inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film The Green Book

Ruth was so excited to take a trip in her family’s new car! In the early 1950s, few African Americans could afford to buy cars, so this would be an adventure. But she soon found out that black travelers weren’t treated very well in some towns. Many hotels and gas stations refused service to black people. Daddy was upset about something called Jim Crow laws . . .
Finally, a friendly attendant at a gas station showed Ruth’s family The Green Book. It listed all of the places that would welcome black travelers. With this guidebook—and the kindness of strangers—Ruth could finally make a safe journey from Chicago to her grandma’s house in Alabama.
Ruth’s story is fiction, but The Green Book and its role in helping a generation of African American travelers avoid some of the indignities of Jim Crow are historical fact.

FormatList PriceYour Price
Interest LevelGrade 2 - Grade 5
Reading LevelGrade 3
GenreFiction, Picture Books
CategoryDiverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, Social Studies
PublisherLerner Publishing Group
ImprintCarolrhoda Books ®
Number of Pages32
Publication Date2010-08-01
Reading Counts! Level5.3
Text TypeFiction—Historical
BISACSJUV068000, JUV011010, JUV039120
GraphicsFull-color illustrations
Dimensions9.25 x 11
Guided Reading LevelR
ATOS Reading Level4.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz138160
Accelerated Reader® Points0.5
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  • Sequoyah Book Award Nominee
  • Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List
  • ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Bronze Award
  • Skipping Stones Book Award
  • Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book
  • Jefferson Cup Award Honor Book
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
  • SSLI Book Award Best Book
  • Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children's Literature Finalist
  • Bluestem Award Nominee
  • Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year


The Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on 1 April 2011

“Ramsey fashions a well-told historical narrative, supported by Cooper’s expressive paintings.” —The Horn Book Guide

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Reviewed on 1 December 2010

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“Cooper’s soft, stippled illustrations capture both the pathos of the bigotry and the warmth of the support the family encounters, and a substantial closing note on the Green Book itself invites the audience to explore it further online. This will be a fascinating addition to any civil rights picture-book collection.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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Ruth And The Green Book PDF Free Download

Reviewed on 1 November 2010


“Cooper’s glowing, unframed, sepia-toned artwork delivers a strong sense of the period from a child’s viewpoint. . . . [T]his is a compelling addition to U.S. history offerings.” —Booklist

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School Library Journal

Reviewed on 1 November 2010

“The realistic illustrations are done in oil wash on board, a self-described ‘subtractive process.’ The picture is painted, then erased to ‘paint’ the final product. Overall, there is a sepialike quality to the art, giving the impression of gazing at old color photos. This is an important addition to picture book collections, useful as a discussion-starter on Civil Rights or as a stand-alone story.” —School Library Journal

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Kirkus Reviews

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Reviewed on 15 October 2010

“Cooper masterfully captures the emotions of the characters, filling his pages with three-dimensional individuals. This story touches on a little-known moment in American history with elegance, compassion and humanity.” —Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Reviewed on 11 October 2010

“A sense of resiliency courses through Cooper’s (Back of the Bus) filmy illustrations—beatific portraits of the Esso worker who sells the family their Green Book and the owner of a ‘tourist home’ where the family spends the night radiate strength, kindness, and hope for a better future.” —Publishers Weekly

Author: Gwen Strauss

Gwen Strauss's book of poems, Trail of Stones, with illustrations by Anthony Browne was published by Knopf in New York and Walker Books in London. The Night Shimmy (Random House), a children's book with the same illustrator, has been translated into several languages. She is an award-winning poet and her writing has appeared in many publications, including the London Sunday Times, The New Republic, New England Review, Kenyon Review, Tampa Review, and Antioch Review. She works as the on-site director at the Brown Foundation Fellowship Program at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France.

Author: Calvin Alexander Ramsey

Calvin Alexander Ramsey, Atlanta-based playwright, photographer, and folk art painter, grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and Roxboro, North Carolina. In addition to having been a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard, Calvin has a passion for travel and has lived in New York City; Santa Monica, California; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix and St. John.He is a former Advisory Board Member of the Robert Woodruff Library Special Collections at Emory University in Atlanta. He is also a recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award.His plays have been performed in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; San Francisco; Valdez, Alaska; Omaha, Nebraska; Baltimore; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.His plays include Bricktop, The Musical; The Green Book; Damaged Virtues; Canada Lee; Sherman Town, Baseball, Apple Pie and The Klan; Enlightenment; Sister Soldiers; Kentucky Avenue; Somewhere In My Lifetime; Johnny Mercer: A Man and His Music, a musical tribute to the author of Moon River and others; and The Age of Possibilities. His children's books are The Last Mule of Gee's Bend and Ruth and the Green Book.He is the father of three children, all of whom are writers.

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Illustrator: Floyd Cooper

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Floyd Cooper (1956-2021) was a Coretta Scott King Award winner and illustrator of numerous books for children including Ruth and the Green Book, A Spy Called James, and Unspeakable. He received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and went on to develop a distinctive art technique called oil erasure.

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Ruth and the Green Book

The picture book inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film The Green Book Ruth was so excited to take a trip in her family’s new car! In the early 1950s, few African Americans could afford to buy cars, so this would be an adventure. But she… View available downloads →