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» Whispers from the Past

» Building a Memorial to the Underground Railroad

» Counting the Miles to Freedom: Exploring the World of Harriet Tubman

Activities

» Make Your Own Quilt Activity Evaluation

» Group Questioning Activity


Title:
Whispers from the Past

Theme/Topic of Lesson:
Using Primary Sources to Travel on the Underground Railroad

Time Commitment:
2-3 45-minute class periods

Subject Areas:
Social Studies, Reading and Writing

Grade Level:
6-8

Lesson Challenge Question:
What are the some factors people had to consider as they thought about escaping from slavery?

• View lesson plan online »
• View printable lesson plan »

Support materials:
• Primary source document analysis worksheet »
• K-W-L Chart »

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Title:
Building a Memorial to the Underground Railroad

Theme/Topic of Lesson:
Honoring the Courage of the Travelers on the Underground Railroad

Time Commitment:
7-10 45-minute class periods

Subject Areas:
Social Studies, Reading & Writing

Grade Level:
4

Lesson Challenge Question:
How did people help each other to freedom on the Underground Railroad?

• View lesson plan online »
• View printable lesson plan »

Support materials:
• Sequence Chain »
• Geographic Characteristics Chart– “Footsteps to Freedom” »
• Economic Resources Chart– “Footsteps to Freedom” »
• K-W-L Chart »

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Counting the Miles to Freedom: Exploring the World of Harriet Tubman »

[NOTE: This lesson plan is contained in the National Teacher Training Institute section of MPT’s website]

In Counting the Miles to Freedom students will explore the world of Harriet Tubman. They will learn about a woman who, in searching for a better life for herself, gave the gift of freedom to well over 300 slaves. Harriet was a slave, a conductor, a nurse, a scout, and a spy.

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Title:
Make Your Own Quilt Activity Evaluation

Audience:
Middle

Duration:
Two 45 minute class periods

Subject:
Reading/Language Arts

Grade Levels:
6-8

Standards and Indicators
1.8.5 Comprehension and Interpretation of Informational Text

  • 2. Draw inferences, conclusions, or generalizations about text and support them with textual evidence and experience.

  • 7. Summarize text in a manner that reflects the main ideas, significant details, and its underlying meaning.

    3.8.3 Revision and Evaluation of Writing

    • 1. Improve the logic of the ideas, word choice, and transitions among paragraphs, passages, and ideas by revising writing based on given or self-generated criteria (e.g., when writing to inform, open with a strong thesis statement, use consistent organization, supporting details and transitions, and close with a strong conclusion) and others' responses.

    • 2. Self-edit and revise writing using knowledge of standard English conventions of language and appropriate print and non-print resources (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus, spell-check software, visuals, artifacts, and oral histories).

    Materials
    • View Teacher Directions »
    • Self-Evaluation of "Make Your Own Secret Quilt Activity" »
    • Rubric for "Make Your Own Secret Quilt Activity" »
    • Symbol Chart »
    • Cause and Effect Graphic Organizer »

    Resources
    All directions are written on each resource.
    • "Make Your Own Secret Quilt Activity" »
    • The Language of Quilts »
    • www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score »

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    Title:
    Group Questioning Activity

    Audience:
    Middle

    Duration:
    One 45 min. class period

    Subject:
    Reading/Language Arts

    Grade Levels:
    6-8

    Standards and Indicators
    1.8.5 Comprehension and Interpretation of Informational Text
    • 2. Draw inferences, conclusions, or generalizations about text and support them with textual evidence and experience.

    • 4. Synthesize main ideas and concepts and identify their relationship to other sources, related topics, or prior experience.

    • 7. Summarize text in a manner that reflects the main ideas, significant details, and its underlying meaning.

    Materials
    • View Teacher Directions »
    • Resource 1 - Questions I Have »

    Resources
    • The Language of Quilts »
    • http://curry.edschool.virginia
    .edu/go/readquest/strat/qar.html »

    • http://www.readingquest.org »

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