The classic Thanksgiving poem-turned-song, "Over the River and Through the Wood," was written by L. Maria Child in 1844.
In addition to the poem, I've included a five minute biography about L. Maria Child to help you sneak in some interesting poetry and expository text into your Thanksgiving language arts lessons.
Lydia Maria Child was an American writer who lived during most of the nineteenth century. Although she is best known as the poet who wrote the Thanksgiving poem-turned-song, “Over the River and Through the Wood,” she was also a committed abolitionist.
Decades before the Civil War, she wrote many books and articles to promote the end of slavery. She helped organize anti-slavery societies and raise money to finance the 1834 Anti-Slavery Fair in Boston. She was also an early champion of Native American and women’s rights.
Lorrie L. Birchall
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