The underground railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the united states during the early to mid19th century, and used by enslaved africanamericans to escape into free states and canada. African american content area reading slavery, underground railroad, abolition. Escape on the underground railroad is an amazing book. Whether you need a classic kids book or classroomproven teaching materials, discover it at scholastic. The underground railroad how the slaves escaped youtube. Enslaved people had to make long, dangerous journeys to escape to freedom in the 1800s. The underground railroad includes miles of real stories of passengers, conductors, and abolitionists, wellknown and unknown.
Aug 09, 2016 underground railroad traces the terrible wounds of slavery the underground railroad is a literal train running underground in colson whiteheads new novel, which follows escaped slave cora. It was not an actual railroad, although it could easily be compared to one. In fact, most people who helped escaping slaves were free blacks or escaped slaves. Formerly known as scholastic printables, we offer printable activities for any subject. Kindergarten 3rd grade readers the underground railroad. Underground railroad traces the terrible wounds of slavery. A comprehensive history african american siebert, wilbur h. Underground railroad civil war on the western border. Page 357 there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the said territory otherwise than in the punishment of crimes, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted. What made trying to escape from slavery so dangerous. Harriet tubman web hunt the underground railroad scholastic. This story follows one familys escape from slavery along the underground railroad, and is based on the classic american folk song of the same name. The underground railroad slideshow underground railroad.
All activities underground railroad student activity. Escape from slavery narrative nonfiction scholastic. Jan 01, 2014 slave narratives of the underground railroad is definitely worth a read for those who want to know about the underground railroad history. The lessons were developed so students could discover the importance of every day slave life during the 1800s and the. Those involved in the underground railroad used code words to maintain anonymity.
A true story from the underground railroad by ellen levine 2008 paperback levine, ellen on. However, not all quakers were involved in the underground railroad. The underground railroad is a cooperative game where players are abolitionists striving to end slavery in the united states. As someone who has read many fiction and nonfiction books and primary sources about slavery, this book. Complete a coded letter using some of the secret language of the underground railroad. Encourage your students to read more about it by providing an extended reading library of related books. The underground railroad pulitzer prize winner national book award winner oprahs book club. Continue reading walters story on the left, but dont forget to push the down arrow to read it all. In 2019, the underground railroad was ranked 30th on the guardians list of the 100 best books of the 21st century.
I cannot imagine what slaves had to go through as slaves. Students will learn about the history of the underground railroad, a covert network of former slaves, free black men and women, northern abolitionists, and church leaders who helped fugitive slaves escape to freedom. Slave narratives of the underground railroad by christine rudisel. Letters from the underground railroad by elvira woodruff this fictional journal of two boys on the underground railroad is a good choice for lowerlevel readers. How did she discourage slaves who wanted to turn back. The underground railroad by colson whitehead, the last runaway by tracy chevalier, unspoken. Escape from slavery activity grades 412, students travel back to 1860 to follow a young slave as he flees a kentucky plantation for canada along the underground railroad. Then read aloud the river of ice from escape from slavery.
People, both black and white, formed a secret network that helped slaves escape to freedom. This activity is part of scholastics the underground railroad. Colson whiteheads the underground railroad tells the story of cora, a runaway slave who travels from state to state on railroad cars physically under the ground of the american south. The underground railroad is a great story in american history.
The underground railroad includes miles of real stories of passengers, conductors, and abolitionistswellknown and unknownthat traveled on the slavery escape route known as the underground railroad. Escape on the underground railroad liberty letters. When caesar, a recent arrival from virginia, tells her about the underground railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Learn about slavery and the underground railroad with homeschool curriculum, books, and resources to help you teach history effectively and in a way students will enjoy. Through reading the book the underground railroad, i was well entertained by facts throughout the whole historical fiction story. Harriet tubman led more than 300 people from slavery to freedom in the mid 1800s. This remarkable true story brings to life one of americas greatest female role models. Scholastic s the underground railroad escape from slavery is a fun and familyfriendly activity. Getting there could take up to a year of difficult travel through unfamiliar land. The underground railroad pulitzer prize winner national. The underground railroad from slavery to freedom wilbur. It is about how the slaves escaped to reach their freedom. Fiction and nonfiction titles about the underground railroad for grades prek8. Students listen and read through this slideshow to discover how runaway slaves used the underground railroad to reach freedom.
The underground railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one womans ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share. Below are some learning resources to discover more on this period teach your kids about the underground railroad read more. Underground railroad book videos interactive whiteboard ready. Scholastic web quest answer key you are going to take a journey through an internet web quest to better understand the experiences of african americans who chose to escape slavery using the underground railroad. A journey along the underground railroad created by. Books for kids about the underground railroad scholastic parents. Underground railroad bibliography general information. The underground railroad was a secret way for slaves to escape slavery. The resulting history, published in 1898 and entitled the underground railroad from slavery to freedom, depicted a network of more than three thousand antislavery activists, most of them. There were quakers involved in the underground railroad, the most famous being levi coffin who later called himself the father of the underground railroad. The underground railroad did not run under the ground.
Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Books on slavery in this reading list are chosen for their tact in presenting the topic in a way that is appropriate for kids, especially for the younger ages. When runaways find their way to her virginia home, she must decide if she will play it safe, or join her family to help the slaves escape. The total number of runaways who used the underground railroad to escape to freedom is not known, but some estimates exceed 100,000 freed slaves during the antebellum period. The interactive slideshow with audio lets students read a short article at each stop. It was a route, with safe houses and many other hiding spots for the slaves to use. An easytoread, pageturning account of harriet tubmans life, from her childhood in slavery to her years as a conductor on the underground railroad to her later work as a suffragette and as a spy in the civil war. Drawing must represent a slaves escape to freedomone mentioned in books, or a unique way the student thought of. This webpage provides an explanation to words and terms used during the time of slavery and the underground railroad. Escape from slavery student activity follow a runaway slave to freedom along the underground railroad in 1860. The underground railroad by colson whitehead, paperback. Activities for teachers underground railroad terminology. Hannahs world is shaken when she discovers her familys involvement with the underground railroad.
Born into slavery, she spent the majority of her life helping countless others escape it. Escape from slavery online activity presents an accurate and personal view of the brutal practice of slavery, a concept that may be difficult for young students. Instead, the railroad part is turned into a literal railroad and dismissed quickly and the story focuses on the description of the horrors of slavery. The underground railroad was a network of people, african american as well as white, offering shelter and aid to escaped slaves from the south.
The perilous lure of the underground railroad the new yorker. I also admire those who help them gain their freedom. Mason weaver and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. How does the depiction of slavery in the underground railroad compare to other depictions in literature and film. I admire their courage and bravery to survive and their fight for freedom. Underground railroad books recommended by tom calarco. Harriet tubman led more than 300 people from slavery to freedom in the mid1800s.
Find a compilation of all the interactive activities within the student activity the underground railroad. Aug 29, 20 the underground railroad escape from slavery christopher adams. Born a slave in maryland, tubman escaped captivity at the age of 25. The underground railroad was a critical and commercial success, hitting the best seller lists and winning several notable prizes. The underground railroad escape from slavery youtube. The metaphor first appeared in print in the early 1840s, and other railroad terminology was soon added. To help you use this online activity in your classroom, see the. Most of the workers on the underground railroad were white abolitionists. She returned two years later to help some of her relatives escape. Includes teachers guides, curriculum connections, and classroom activities. Plus, in each book, an american girl historical character shares a bit of her own fictional story. Explore four slideshows of primary sources documenting slavery, the underground railroad, abolition, and the challenges that runaways faced in their new lives.
In colson whiteheads latest, the underground railroad is. This teaching guide supports the underground railroad. The selections below provide a range of grade level titles to consider. The underground railroad teachers guide with images. Great for social studies unit or black history month. The underground railroad teaching guide scholastic. The escape of the slaves from the southern states was a dangerous journey as they headed north on the underground railroad a secret network of people who opposed slavery and helped the fugitives make their way to canada, where they could live free. The second major work of the early period of underground railroad books is william stills underground railroad records published in 1871. They can click on accompanying images to read popups with more information. With this interactive slideshow, students follow the path of a slave in 1860 as he travels the underground railroad to freedom. Janice banks edu 594 summer 2007 this 4 day miniunit allows students to experience the injustices of some enslaved people. The underground railroad students can take a virtual journey from slavery to freedom. A true story from the underground railroad by ellen levine 2008 paperback. After you and your students read this gripping article, your students can further explore the history of slavery in the united states, the life of harriet tubman, and the underground railroad through the resources weve curated below.
Includes posting on a bulletin board, writing a secret letter, a harriet tubman web hunt, and a mapping activity. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for cora. Follow a runaway slave to freedom along the underground railroad in 1860. Many quakers did not believe that breaking the law to help fugitive slaves was a solution to slavery. Persuaded by a fellow slave named caesar, cora escapes from the georgia plantation where she was born and travels north, riding in the boxcar of a secret. Scholastic debunks common myths related to the underground railroad, including that all slaves escaped to the north. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, and skills sheets for kids in any grade. Fountain city, indiana 6 plymouth colony fountain city great lakes region nantucket island underground railroad secret rooms color of life coffin black history.
This book explains what the underground railroad was, what it was like to be a slave, and describes the hardships faced by slaves. The underground railroad escape from slavery christopher adams. The novel was voted the greatest of its decade in paste and was third place along with jennifer egans a visit from the goon squad in a list by literary hub. Aug 03, 2016 in underground railroad, theres a kind of prologue that recounts the story of coras grandmother ajarry, who was kidnapped in africa, sold into slavery and repeatedly swapped and resold. The underground railroad tells a disturbingly real story. It won the 2017 pulitzer prize for fiction, the 2016 national book award for fiction, the arthur c. I loved reading it and just recently read it for the second time. Scopes february nonfiction feature escape from slavery tells the incredible true story of harriet tubman. Escape from slavery excellent interactive story with audio option for the younger kids. Weve compiled some of our favorite books across genres and. Aug 25, 2008 escape on the underground railroad is an amazing book.
Learn how slaves used the stars, trees, and rivers to help guide them. This is a wonderful book gleaned from stills participation as a stationmaster for the philadelphia vigilance committee during the 1850s when he aided more than 800 freedomseekers. Curriculum connections for this online activity include. The journey of one slave along the underground railroad continues with a daring escape north through the woods to freedom. The underground railroad tells a disturbingly real story of slavery novelist colson whitehead depicts the perversions and horrors of slavery in. This book tells you what it was like to be a slave trying to escape to freedom on the underground railroad. List of books and articles about runaway slaves online. This book is interesting, exciting, and makes you want to read.
It was run by local groups of northern abolitionists, both white and free blacks. After each section of the journey, you will answer. The underground railroad the underground railroad hardcover. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the underground railroad pulitzer prize winner national book award winner oprahs book club. Use this mini book about a family escaping from slavery to introduce the genre of historical fiction to your classroom. The scheme was assisted by abolitionists and others sympathetic to the cause of the escapees. Aug 14, 2016 the underground railroad is not, in whiteheads novel, the secret network of passageways and safe houses used by runaway slaves to reach the free north from their slaveholding states. I had heard about the historical underground railroad, so i bought this book expecting a well written historical chase story with vivid description of tradecraft, safehouse and operators. The story of the secret quilt code began with a book called hidden in plain view. Helping slaves escape with the underground railroad bartleby. Students meet the most famous conductor of the underground railroad and explore websites about her to answer a set of questions. People, both black and white, formed a secret network that helped enslaved african americans escape to freedom.
The rr is a secret network of hiding places and brave people. Meet a woman who escaped from slavery and risked her life to guide hundreds more to freedom. Communication was had because of the limited learning the runaways had, so instead they used codes such as songs, secret words, and even quilts. Mar 09, 2017 academy games is raising funds for freedom the underground railroad by academy games on kickstarter. Provided, always, that any person escaping into the same, from whom labor or service is lawfully claimed in any one of the original states, such fugitive may be lawfully reclaimed and conveyed to the person. The underground railroad was what many slaves used to escape slavery. With the help of people like harriet tubman, many were able to leave slavery behind by moving to places like canada and mexico. The underground railroad was the escape route that slaves took to reach freedom. Books on slavery the underground railroad reading list. Explore maps to identify important differences between the north and south before the civil war. Throughout the 1850s she made at least a dozen journeys back to the south and helped at least 150 slaves escape. Her story and that of the underground railroad are the subject of many fantastic works of fiction and nonfictionperfect for literature circles.
Visit scholastic, the worlds largest childrens book publisher. Aug 16, 2019 a prominent figure associated with the underground railroad was harriet tubman, who escaped from slavery in maryland in the late 1840s. Scholastic learn at home includes many free articles for you to enjoy during your time at home. Freedom train recounts the story of harriet tubman, who led hundreds of slaves through a system called the underground railroad, a complex organization of private homes reaching from the south all the way to canada. I seem simply put together but is far more complex than originally thought of.433 1506 852 496 1158 622 709 91 1270 722 1058 492 923 1503 431 667 604 1430 480 133 544 71 953 14 783 48 124 349 1487