DIRECTIONS: Read the assignment prompt. Use the material in the right pane to review the sources and your answers from the Inquiry page, by selecting a source and then using the tabs. Compose your answer in the box on the left. Use the email form to send your answer to your instructor.

ASSIGNMENT: Some books say something like this: "Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a White man. African Americans heard this and decided to boycott the buses." But this is a brief description of a complex event. Write a more complete answer to the question: Why did the boycott of Montgomery’s buses succeed?

Use the documents and your background knowledge to support your ideas. Include specific examples and quotes.




These definitions should help with reading comprehension.

  • advocate: to support or speak in favor of something
  • fortitude: strength and endurance in a difficult or painful situation
  • trials: instances of hardship, especially ones that test someone's ability to endure
  • proving ground: a place or a situation in which somebody or something new is tried out or tested

Historian Think Aloud

Professor Fred Astren is reading Martin Luther King's speech to the MIA.

Using the Think Aloud

Listen to educator Daisy Martin explain how to use the Think Aloud in analyzing the document.

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