Journey to Freedom: 6 Weeks of Lesson Plans {BUNDLED} ELA Unit

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Week 1 – Abraham Lincoln
Week 2 – Harriet Tubman
Week 3 – Henry's Freedom Box
Week 4 - Black History Timeline
Week 5 – Martin Luther King Jr.
Week 6 – Langston Hughes

Abraham Lincoln
In this weekly lesson plan, students will be learning about Abraham Lincoln. They will learn how his life was significant to the slavery time period. This unit introduces the students to slavery and what it means to be a slave. They will also learn about text features, subjects & main ideas, and time lines. At the end of the week, they will take a book test where they answer questions related to the book.

By the end of the week, they are able to:
explain the life of Abraham Lincoln
identify text features in the book
use text features to locate information
identify the subject and main idea of a paragraph.


The weekly lesson was written around the book:
National Geographic Kids Abraham Lincoln by Caroline Crosson Gilpin
*When writing this plan, Scholastic Book Clubs had these for $1 or 45 points.
*You will need enough books for the students to work with a partner or small group or one for every student. This book will be used for the entire week lesson so one book per student would be the best scenario. Especially since they are going to need the book for the final test.

The Zipped File contains:
The lesson plan contains the following:
+Common Core Standards
+Essential Questions
+I can statements
+Vocabulary Words
+Technology Links
+Detailed plans for the week (4 pages)
1 student response booklet template to copy for each student (6 pages)- the booklet is formatted to be printed front and back so that when you fold it all the pages line up. You don't have to print it as a book. You could copy it and cut the pages so that the students can paste them into their reading journals.
1 graph sheet for text features (1 page)
1 weekly skill test (2 pages)

Harriet Tubman
In this weekly lesson plan, students will be reading a biographical novel about Harriet Tubman. They will learn about her life as a slave and her role in the Underground Railroad. They will compare their life to the life of Harriet Tubman as a child. They will learn the meaning of the lyrics "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and write an imaginative narrative about their travels on the Underground Railroad.

By the end of the week, they are able to:
answer questions related to Harriet Tubman’s life.
explain the lyrics to “ Follow the Drinking Gourd” .
write an imaginative narrative about the Underground Railroad.


The weekly lesson was written around the book:
Lead Us to Freedom, Harriet Tubman by Peter and Connie Roop
**When I wrote this lesson, Scholastic Book Clubs was selling the book for $1. It is a very good book for 2nd graders. Scholastic has is leveled as a Guided Reading Level O. It is a very good book to read and discuss with the students.
You could read this book to students orally (1 copy of the book) and then have them do the response questions with you. If you want them to do some of the work independently, they will need their own book.


The Zipped File contains:
The lesson plan contains the following:
+Common Core Standards
+Essential Questions
+I can statements
+Vocabulary Words
+Technology Links
+Detailed plans for the week (4 pages)
1 student response booklet template to copy for each student (8 pages)- the booklet is formatted to be printed front and back so that when you fold it all the pages line up. You don't have to print it as a book. You could copy it and cut the pages so that the students can paste them into their reading journals.
1- Drinking Gourd (Big Dipper) template
No weekly test - culminating activity is a writing activity


Henry’s Freedom Box
In this weekly lesson plan, students will be reading a biographical picture book about Henry Brown. They will learn about his life as a slave and his interesting escape to the North. They will identify the story structure by explaining the problem and solution of the story. They will also locate cause and effect relationships within the text. At the end of the week, they will write a short narrative and be able to give opinions about parts of the book.

By the end of the week, they are able to:
ask and answer questions related to the book.
identify the overall problem and solution in the story.
locate cause & effect relationships within the text of the story.
write an imaginative narrative.


The weekly lesson was written around the book:

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
You will need 1 book for each group of children to use while completing the activities that go along with the book. Students can work in groups of 3 or 4.
You will need only 1 book if you want to do the activities with them and model on the ELMO.


The Zipped File contains:
The lesson plan contains the following:
+Common Core Standards
+Essential Questions
+I can statements
+Vocabulary Words
+Technology Links
+Detailed plans for the week (4 pages)
1 student response booklet template to copy for each student (4 pages)- the booklet is formatted to be printed front and back so that when you fold it all the pages line up. You don't have to print it as a book. You could copy it and cut the pages so that the students can paste them into their reading journals.
1 - weekly test

Black History Timeline
In this weekly lesson plan, students will be listening to stories about The Emancipation Proclamation, Mr. Rosenwald, Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges. They will learn how the events connect to each other in history and understand where they fit on a timeline. The students will respond to each story read orally and in their student response booklet. At the end of the week, students will take a timeline test.

By the end of the week, they are able to:
explain the problem and solution in a story.
tell how a story fits on a timeline.
connect stories and events in history together.
create a timeline.

The weekly lesson was written around the book: (only 1 copy of each book is needed)

Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation by Pat Sherman

Dear Mr. Rosenwald by Carole Boston Weatherford

Rosa’s Bus by Jo S. Kittenger

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

The Zipped File contains:
The lesson plan contains the following:
+Common Core Standards
+Essential Questions
+I can statements
+Vocabulary Words
+Technology Links
+Detailed plans for the week (5 pages)
1 student response booklet template to copy for each student - the booklet is formatted to be printed front and back so that when you fold it all the pages line up. You don't have to print it as a book. You could copy it and cut the pages so that the students can paste them into their reading journals.
1 - weekly test


Martin Luther King Jr.
In this weekly lesson plan, students will be listening and reading stories about Martin Luther King Jr. They will participate in a variety of activities related to the text. Students will interpret the characters actions to explain point of view. They will compare & contrast Martin's Big Words and Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington. At the end of the week, they will write a narrative about the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

By the end of the week, they are able to:
list important events , ideas and messages from a text.
compare and contrast two stories about the same topic.
answer text-based questions related the book.
write a narrative recounting the events of a person’s life.


The weekly lesson was written around the following books:
A Lesson for Martin Luther King Jr. by Denise Lewis Patrick (Kindle Edition) (1 copy needed)

Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington by Frances Ruffin (1 copy for each group)

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport ( 1 copy for each group)


The Zipped File contains:
The lesson plan contains the following:
+Common Core Standards
+Essential Questions
+I can statements
+Vocabulary Words
+Technology Links
+Detailed plans for the week (5 pages)
1 student response booklet template to copy for each student - the booklet is formatted to be printed front and back so that when you fold it all the pages line up. You don't have to print it as a book. You could copy it and cut the pages so that the students can paste them into their reading journals.
1 - compare and contrast template

Langston Hughes
In this weekly lesson plan, students will be listening and reading poems written by Langston Hughes. The students will begin the week learning about the life of Langston Hughes. They will read three poems that Langston Hughes wrote and participate in activities to extend their thinking. At the end of the week, they will write an informative paper about the life of Langston Hughes.

By the end of the week, they are able to:
describe the life of Langston Hughes.
identify the strong describing words in a poem.
create an acrostic poem about Freedom.
write an informative paragraph about Langston Hughes.

The weekly lesson was written around the following books:

Coming Home from the life of Langston Hughes by Floyd Cooper

Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes by David Roessel & Arnold Rampersad (1 copy for each group)

Poems include:
Mother To Son
Merry-Go-Round
Words Like Freedom

His poems are not in Public Domain. I was not able to include them in the booklet. If you are not able to get copies of the book listed above, I provided links where you can find the poems online. The websites have been given permission to post the poems.


The Zipped File contains:
The lesson plan contains the following:
+Common Core Standards
+Essential Questions
+I can statements
+Technology Links
+Detailed plans for the week (5 pages)
1 student response booklet template to copy for each student - the booklet is formatted to be printed front and back so that when you fold it all the pages line up. You don't have to print it as a book. You could copy it and cut the pages so that the students can paste them into their reading journals.



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Journey to Freedom: 6 Weeks of Lesson Plans {BUNDLED} ELA Unit
Journey to Freedom: 6 Weeks of Lesson Plans {BUNDLED} ELA Unit
Journey to Freedom: 6 Weeks of Lesson Plans {BUNDLED} ELA Unit
Journey to Freedom: 6 Weeks of Lesson Plans {BUNDLED} ELA Unit
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