Henry Brown was a slave who escaped to freedom through the Underground Railroad by mailing himself to the North with help from abolitionists. He never knew when his birthday was but was granted a birthday the day he arrived in the North and was declared Free. He also received the middle name of Henry Box Brown when he was declared Free. Through it all he lost his wife and children and unfortunately never saw them again, however, he did remarry once he was declared free and started his new life. This module invites students to get a true sense of what it felt like to be Henry. They will engage in real-life experiences that will create deep, thought-provoking connections to the character.
Before you begin...
Each Artful Reading Module is flexibly designed for a 2-3 week duration. Lessons are marked for Before-, During-, or After-Reading to guide your planning. Each lesson is formatted on a Teacher Lesson Card so you have all the information you need at your fingertips when it’s time to deliver. We have added a sample of an After-Reading lesson entitled Picture Analysis for you to preview.
This module contains the following Teacher Lesson Cards:
- Experiencing Tight Quarters
- Interactive Word Wall (IWW)
- Guess My Word
- Figurative Language
- Character Traits
- What Do You Stand For?
- Follow the Drinking Gourd
- Drinking Gourd – Music!
- Compare and Contrast
- Freedom Quilt
- Picture Analysis
At the end of the module, you’ll find options for summative writing tasks and optional extensions that can stretch the module further.Standards Matrix
For your reference, we have added images of the literacy standards matrix for this module.
Tone, Simile, Underground Railroad, Slave, Pry, Beckoned, Warehouse, Abolitionist, Master, Slave Market, Tobacco, Seamstress
Note: This module is part of 5th Grade: Series 1. The four modules in Series 1 collectively address all National ELA and Core Arts Standards.