MOSES: WHEN HARRIET TUBMAN LED HER PEOPLE TO FREEDOM, An Award-winning Picture Book by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Reach for the stars to change the world." Harriet Tubman (1820-1913)
Harriet Tubman is born into slavery. She spends all of her life doing the master's bidding. She is about to be sold south, in chains, to work the crops. She will never see her family again. That night, Harriet Tubman turns her eyes toward the skies to talk to God. Harriet asks for His help.
He answers her in a whippoorwill's song. "I set the North Star in the heavens and I mean for you to be free." He wraps her in the blanket of night.
The next day, she speaks to him while chopping wood, promising Him that she will hold steady to Him. She hears Him whisper in the breeze. "I'm going to see you through, Child."
As she begins her journey, she continues to pray. God continues to answer...in the moon's reflection on the creek...cradled in underbrush...in the faces of kind people...in churches along the Underground Railroad.
Her journey does not end with her own freedom. God leads her back to show her people the way, like Moses in the Bible, the one chosen by God to free His people in Egypt so many years before.
"The midnight sky and the silent stars have been the witness of your devotion to freedom and of your heroism." Frederick Douglass
The Kids Wings Literature Guide for MOSES, WHEN HARRIET TUBMAN LED HER PEOPLE TO FREEDOM include 13 pages in both PDF and PowerPoint format:
Readers' Theater Introduction
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Research: Why "MOSES"?
Readers Theater Script for "The Creation" by James Weldon Johnson
SURE AS SUNRISE! BRUH RABBIT AND HIS WALKIN' TALKIN' FRIENDS, an Award-winning Picture Book, by Alice McGill.
Your mama knows them. Your papa knows them. Your granny and grampy knows them. Great-great Grandpa Horace knows them. Finally you get to meet them!
Bruh Rabbit and his walkin' talkin' friends come alive again in these stories about tricks and briar patches and life. Bruh Rabbit teaches his friends lessons that they would probably just as soon not learn. And, along the way, he learns a valuable lesson, too!
Modeled after slave stories that were retold in writing by Joel Chandler Harris in Legends of the Old Plantation, 1881, this new version still has great dialect, but is more reader-friendly. They are still just as entertaining as ever and beg to be read over and over again! Your grandparents will be delighted if you tell them a tale of Bruh Rabbit, but don't be surprised when you get to hear a story or two from them, too!
Don't miss the original Zippity Do Dah video:
and the soundtrack of Song of the South:
Kids Wings Activities come to you in PowerPoint and PDF formats and include:
2-page Readers Theater;
Finding Folk Tale Characteristics;
The Truth in the Briar Patch Multiple Choice comprehension;
The Truth about "Bruh Possum and the Snake" Multiple Choice;
Short Answer Questions;
The Teacher's English vs. Bruh Rabbit's Dialect;
Bruh Rabbit's Tricks, a Logic Puzzle;
Guided Writing Prompt, "My Walkin' Talkin' Friends; and
WHEN BIRDS COULD TALK AND BATS COULD SING, An Award-winning Picture Book by Virginia Hamilton
Based on African-American folktales told in the South during the plantation era, this book is a collection of stories originally gathered by journalist Martha Young. It gives tribute to the human spirit in the face of terrible hardship.
Activities in this books include:
A Story Telling Guide
Story Telling Compared to Written Stories
And the Moral IS...
Flying Contest, A Logic Puzzle
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