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Old 11-29-2014, 11:42 AM
 
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Hi! I'll be doing a week long reading unit around the Underground Railroad next week (arg, is Monday really the day after tomorrow?) with my 5th graders. I have it planned (basically I will teach a reading strategy using a picture book/info text about the URR and then give the kids an article about the URR to continue the strategy as IR), but I'm wondering if you have any activities or advice for me. I know it's a huge topic.

Also, I'm very excited about finding 2 letters from the time period: 1 denouncing slavery and 1 defending it. I ran the copies, but I haven't really figured out what to do with them. Suggestions welcome.

ETA: please scroll down if you're also interested in helping kids analyze primary documents (and nothing to do with the URR). This thread took a turn for the better. Please see Linda's post and amiga's posts that have attachments.



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but my partner does some cool stuff. Check out this website http://web.wm.edu/hsi/?svr=www for a project she does called Finding Aaron. It's about using primary sources from this time period. She also does this http://teacher.scholastic.com/activi...ound_railroad/. She's looking at adding a web quest this year, and here's one http://www.tntwebs.com/ugrr.html.

I use a book on the Civil War for reading comprehension in my class that coincides with what she's doing. I can't find it online, but if you're interested, I can look it up at school on Monday
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Thanks so much, GiantSubs! What fabulous ideas! I'm especially excited about the HSI one!!! Thanks!
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Old 11-30-2014, 05:29 AM
 
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The URR is a huge topic to cover but it sounds like a great opportunity for students to analyze primary resources. Here's one form to use:

http://www.archives.gov/education/le..._worksheet.pdf
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Wow, Linda, that's a great piece to help kids read primary sources. THANKS so very much!


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Linda (and anyone else who might be interested), I redid the worksheet so my 5th graders can do it on paper. We don't have enough computers for everyone to do this at once. I thought maybe you'd want it (and I sure hope I attached it correctly--this is my first try at attaching here).

Note that this isn't just for URR but for all primary source documents. A huge find--thanks again!
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Two that I love are Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad by Pamela Duncan Edwards and Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole.

The first one is told from the animals' point of view and the second one is pictures only. Henry Cole is an illustrator and has done several books for Pamela Duncan Edwards, including the one above.

When I taught first grade I had a whole big unit on the Underground Railroad. The kids really enjoyed it.
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Great thread! Thanks for the helpful links and the analysis form
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I know this is an old thread, but it has such great ideas & links! I wanted to have it handy and say thanks to all who shared/posted.
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