This activity uses a beautiful & moving poem by the African-American poet Frances Ellen Watkins Harper to help students understand the importance of education for former slaves during the Reconstruction era.
The poem, written in 1872, is fantastic for introducing your students to primary source analysis! Both printable and Google Docs versions
of the activity are included here in this download!
The activity begins with the poem and an introduction about Frances Harper and her background. The next page is a worksheet with analysis questions designed to help your students better understand the poem, its context during Reconstruction, and the importance of education.
An answer key for the worksheet is included for your convenience.
I love using the poem, as it allows us to go a little cross-curricular with ELA and it is an engrossing primary source in language students connect with.
The printable PDF worksheet includes a link to access the Google Docs version which can be used if you're in a paperless classroom or just want to make it an online activity through Google Classroom!
The resource can also be downloaded as part of the Civil War and Reconstruction Complete Unit Bundle
. This bundle includes over 50 resources for teaching the Civil War and Reconstruction!
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