This resource is designed as an informational text reading and writing/historical unit for middle school students. It can be used in an ELA class or a Social Studies class.
Each of the 4 passages about Harriet Tubman’s life can be used all at once or one at a time. The unit also includes a quiz on the texts in two sections - they could be given at one time or split into two sessions.
Rounding out the resource is a 2-page vocabulary activity - this might be challenging for students in grade 6 but with the use of a dictionary (and/or working in groups) they could complete it. Grade 7 and 8 students may also find a dictionary useful, as many of the words are actually at a grade 9 level. The sentences provided also reinforce what they have learned or might not know about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
Each of the biographical passages has questions (comprehension and opinion-generating) on the right side of the page - they can therefore be used in class as bellringer activities. Each one also has a Language Use activity or a short writing assignment. All six of the activities in this unit come with answer keys.
This unit means Common Core standards for using informational text – I have included the standards in the product for the grade 7 level.
I have a similar product for younger students in my store. It can be seen here:
Harriet Tubman Grades 4-6
Both resources can be purchased as a discounted price:
Harriet Tubman Biography Differentiation Bundle
Other resources that explore the lives of historical figures, written for the same level, are also available in my store (I also have many biographical resources about writers):
5 Days with Anne Frank
5 Days with Frederick Douglass
5 Days with Tecumseh
Solomon Northup Twelve Years a Slave
5 Days with Alexander Graham Bell
5 Days with King Tut
5 Days with Leonardo da Vinci