“Escape From Slavery” by Francis Bok is a compelling autobiography of the author’s decade as a child slave in Sudan in the 1990s. This high-interest book is sure to engage students. Because it is easy to read, it is appropriate for students from Grade 8 through college.
I used these materials when I taught the book in our pre-college summer bridge program at my university. This package includes five items:
(1) Four comprehension tests, with an answer key for each test:
a. Test #1, on pp. 1-96, contains 47 True-False questions and three multiple-choice vocabulary questions.
b. Test #2, on pp. 97-178 contains 25 True-False questions and two short-answer questions.
c. Test #3, on pp. 179-204, contains 15 True-False questions.
d. Test #4, on pp. 205-252, contains 20 True-False questions and one short-answer question.
The tests are designed to motivate students to read. Students who complete the reading will find the questions fairly easy and they are likely to earn high scores. Students who don’t do well on the first test quickly realize that they should have completed the assigned reading. This can create an incentive to read.
On each test, the questions are chronological. This enables you to tell how far students got – or didn’t get – in their reading. This creates an opportunity to address assignment completion with students. Each Answer Key includes page references.
(2) A two-page list of 32 words from the book, listed in the order in which they appear. Page numbers and space for students to write definitions are included.
For two years, my campus selected “Escape From Slavery” as the book for our freshmen summer reading program that I co-chaired. We brought author Francis Bok to campus to speak to the students, so I spent two days with him. Bok is passionate about telling his story in order to reveal the horrors of child slavery. Mr. Bok was also actively involved in the recent successful effort to make South Sudan a new country.