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Five articles for close reading; vocabulary; primary sources; decorated papers; and creative writing related to the Underground Railroad for U.S. History, ELA nonfiction reading, Freedom Crossing or other historical fiction. Includes a variety of comprehension questions aligned with CCSS for both Informational Reading 4-8 and History/Social Studies 6-8. See the Preview!
Topics of the Readings: 1) The Underground Railroad; 2) Conductors, Stationmasters, and Other Abolitionists (Harriet Tubman, Levi Coffin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass); 3) An Abolitionist Town: Lewiston, New York; 4) Follow the Drinking Gourd (primary source reading); and 5) Arnold Gragston (1930s transcript of an interview with a former slave and conductor, a primary source reading). PLUS additional activities listed below.
Great for centers, early finishers, groups, homework, extra credit, textbook supplements, a menu of choices, a reading/study skills class, a springboard for a research report, and more. Pairs perfectly with the novel Freedom Crossing with passages about Lewiston, NY and other details mentioned in the book. Super cross-curricular activity for social studies and language arts!
50-page packet includes:
--One page fill-in with word bank: Background Review of the Civil War
--5 Readings with illustrations (topics listed above)
--Comprehension Questions for each reading
--Vocabulary using context clues
--I Am Poem Creative Writing activity for students to fill-in as a runaway slave, a conductor, or a stationmaster
--2 paragraph Written Summary activity for the Underground Railroad reading with complete instructions
--Freedom Quilt graphic organizer: Overview Summary activity with template to integrate information from multiple readings
--2 Evaluation Forms (checklists) for assessment of two of the writing activities
--3 Lined, Decorated Sheets for any writing activity in this packet or in your unit
--2 lined, decorated sheets matched to specific readings
--Answer Keys for all questions, including many teacher notes with extra info.
--visually appealing clip art, black and white for easy photocopying, appropriate for intermediate or middle grades
--list of CCSStandards covered for History Literacy 6-8 and for Reading Informational Text, 4-8.
Literal and critical thinking questions include vocabulary/context clues, primary vs secondary sources, inference, main ideas/details, supporting text evidence, cause/effect, interpreting a visual, author's purpose, sequence, compare/contrast, graphic organizer, sequence, personal connection, summary, integrating information from multiple texts, and more. Responses are multiple choice, short answer, fill-in, completing a graphic organizer and more. Mini-lessons and explanations are included.
Another Civil War product: If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War by Moore