Teaching the Underground Railroad: Lesson PlansThe Underground Railroad , published in , is the sixth novel by American author Colson Whitehead. The alternate history novel tells the story of Cora and Caesar, two slaves in the southeastern United States during the 19th century, who make a bid for freedom from their Georgia plantations by following the Underground Railroad , which the novel depicts as primarily a rail transport system in addition to a series of safe houses and secret routes. The Underground Railroad was a critical and commercial success, hitting the best seller lists and winning several notable prizes. The story is told in the third person, focusing mainly on Cora. Scattered single chapters also focus on Cora's mother Mabel, the slavecatcher Ridgeway, a reluctant slave sympathizer named Ethel, and Cora's fellow slave Caesar. Cora is a slave on a plantation in Georgia and an outcast after Mabel ran off without her. She harbors a great deal of resentment towards Mabel for escaping, although readers later learn that her mother, in an attempt to return to Cora, actually died from a snake bite and never reached her.
The Underground Railroad Book Review for the Classroom
Underground railroad->Teen nonfiction: Books
Civil War and Slavery As you study the Civil War and slavery, let students select books from this collection of fiction and historical fiction. As we honor the th anniversary of many Civil War events, what better way for students to make a more personal connection to the people who lived during those tumultuous times. Follow the Drinking Gourd - Jeanette Winter , , Fiction Interest level: , Lexile: , ESL level: 2 - 3 A group of runaway slaves follows the directions in a traditional song to escape from slavery using the Underground Railroad. I Want to be Free - Joseph Slate , , Fiction Interest level: , Lexile: , ESL level: 2 A slave who is fleeing the chains of his masters saves an abandoned baby from a fate similar to his own. Lincoln shares a fish he has just caught with a soldier instead of bringing it home for his family's dinner.
Grades Then they create a quilt with clues about routes to freedom. An interactive journey from National Geographic. Many escaped slaves traveled across the Hoosier State in the years prior to and during the Civil War. Teaching guides for three level of student. Grades, , , and
Lesson Plans are grouped K-5 , , and Using Art to Tell A Story: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad Through the Eyes of Jacob Lawrence and Faith Ringgold is a cross-curricular lesson art and social studies in which grade 5 students compare how two artists illustrated the same stories. Students will research and create an art project on a historical figure. Fugitive Slave Act of Students in grades consider and debate the morality or immorality of breaking the Fugitive Slave Act. Emancipation of the Mind Using Henry Bibb as a case study, students in grades investigate the efforts of escaped slaves to become educated during the antebellum era.