This resource has eight student activities and three of those include original informational texts. The activities are:
1) The Underground Railroad - a two page informational text with one page of comprehension questions. The text is written in a 5W, 1 H format with questions posed at the beginning of each paragraph. The paragraphs are great for reading in chunks. At the end of the second page are three discussion questions about the use of the word “refugee”. The page of questions include those that test factual understanding and others that require deeper investigation;
2) The Routes of the Underground Railroad - an approximately 280 word text on the routes. On the right hand side of the page are a list of short answers for which the students are to provide questions using information from the text;
3) Arrival in the Land of Freedom - a poem by Harriet Beecher Stowe with a short biography of Stowe and a page of comprehension questions. A copy of the poem is included (due to age it is in the public domain);
4) William Still, Abolitionist - a two page informational text on Still’s life as an abolitionist and his work on the Underground Railroad and his contribution to history by collecting fugitive slave narratives which he later published. In Part 1 students are asked to correct incorrect statements, and after reading Part 2 they are asked to write their thoughts on what kind of information Still might have learned from the runaway slaves he interviewed;
5), 6), and 7) Three open-ended activities: The Challenges Runaway Slaves Faced (this could be done as a group activity), a Compare and Contrast graphic organizer in which students choose two Abolitionists to compare and contrast; and Illustrate with Storyboards: students can take a scene from the history of the Underground Railroad and illustrate it as they wish.
8) Find Words within Words: a fun activity (great for early finishers) in which students try to make as many words as they can from “Flight to Freedom” - there are a couple of longer-word challenges with hints provided.
Answer keys are included as well as a table of contents.
Please note that the informational text "The Underground Railroad" and questions appear in my ESL 1,2,3 resource by the same name. The short bio of Harriet Beecher Stowe, her poem, and questions appear in my product "Beyond the Underground Railroad" which was designed for Canadian students. It may be seen here:
Beyond the Underground Railroad
I also have a free resource about William Still the Abolitionist, which is similar in content to the one in this product, but for older students. It can be downloaded at:
William Still Abolitionist
Please have a look at my resources on Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman:
5 Days with Frederick Douglass
5 Days with Harriet Tubman