Literature for Lesson 1
Vocabulary for Lesson 1
a way to settle an argument when both sides give a little to get a part of what they want
a settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions
Find 6 words or groups of words that mean the same as compromise.
|strike balance||disagree||make concession||dispute||go fifty-fifty||quarrel|
|struggle||trade off||meet halfway||controversy||fight||agree|
Find 6 words or groups of words that mean the same as fugitive.
|running away||stay behind||fleeing||wait||rest||taking flight|
|freedom||escaping||on the run||stick around||avoiding capture||home|
Finding children's literature from the Southern's point of view is difficult. Both books below speak of the "evils" of slavery. You may wish to point out to your students that the majority of Southerns masters were kind to their slaves.
A Study of Pre Civil War Slavery
Nettie's Trip South
by Ann Turner, Ronald Himler (Illustrator)
AR Reading Level 3.0 Point Value 0.5
A ten-year-old northern girl encounters the ugly realities of slavery when she visits Richmond, Virginia, and sees a slave auction.
Activities with this book:
- SCORE:Student Activity 1,2,3,4 http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/nettie/nettietg.html
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
by Deborah Hopkinson, James Ransome (Illustrator)
AR Reading Level 3.8 Point Value 0.5
Students make a freedom quilt after reading Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt.
A slave named Clara pieces together scraps of cloth with scraps of information gathered from the other slaves she makes a map so secret that even the masters won't suspect.
Activities with this book:
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt http://www.ed.uiuc.edu/YLP/Units/Curriculum_Units/95-96/Quilts_MBMartin/quilt_les7.html
ARTSEDGE: Teaching Materials: Curricula, Lessons and Activities http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/teaching_materials/curricula/curriculum.cfm?mode=objectives&curriculum_id=465
Sally Morris Social Studies Lesson Plan, Thematic Unit, Activity, Worksheet, or Civics, American History, or Government Teaching Idea http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SSSlaveryCivilWarFreedomQuilt45.htm
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/socialstd/grade5/Sweet_Clara.html
SCORE Teacher Guide for "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt" http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/sweet/sweettg.html
Using Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt in the Classroom http://people.whitman.edu/~hopkinda/SWEET%7E1.HTM
CIMC Integrated Unit Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt http://libweb.uncc.edu/cimc/integration/Units/SweetCla.htm
The Underground Railroad Study Guide http://www.smv.org/pubs/UndergrdRRK4d.pdf
This unit contains lessons using the books Follow the Drinking Gourd, Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, and Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad.
Now Let Me Fly: The Story of a Slave Family
by Dolores Johnson, Delores Johnson (Illustrator)
AR Reading Level 5.0 Point Value 0.5
Now Let Me Fly: The Story of a Slave Family tells the story of an African girl who is kidnapped and sold into slavery.
From Slave Ship to Freedom Road
by Julius Lester, Rod Brown (Illustrator)
AR Reading Level 4.8 Point Value 0.5
By Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
AR Reading Level 3.3 Point Value 0.5
This story is based on the true story of John Parker, a courageous and determined slave who bought his own freedom and then risked his life to help other enslaved Africans escape.
Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters
by Patricia and Frederick McKissack, John Thompson (Illustrator)
Set in 1859, this book describes the customs in the planation house and in the slave quarters during the Christmas season.
Pre Civil War http://www.ops.org/SHARE/Pre%20Civil%20War.pdf
The Ballad of Belle Dorcas
by William H. Hooks, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator), J. Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
AR Reading Level 4.1 Point Value 0.5
The Ballad of Belle Dorcas tells how the beautiful Belle Dorcas finds an enchantress to make a spell that will keep her husband from being sold and sent away.
by Tony Johnston, James E. Ransome (Illustrator)
AR Reading Level 2.7 Point Value 0.5
A 12-year-old boy's account of his harsh life as a slave on a plantation before and during the Civil War. He dreams that the wagon his father built is a chariot, he dreams of Abraham Lincoln and he dreams of freedom.
Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Civil War by Catherine
Chapter 1 "Before the War"
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