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Henry's Freedom Box (5th Grade)

Henry's Freedom Box (5th Grade)

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Henry's Freedom Box

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.
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.

Key Vocabulary
Tone, Simile, Underground Railroad, Slave, Pry, Beckoned, Warehouse, Abolitionist, Master, Slave Market, Tobacco, Seamstress