Henry's Freedom Box is the true story of Henry Brown, a slave who escaped to freedom through the Underground Railroad, after being mailed to the North with help from abolitionists. Students will learn about the historical context that prompted such actions and the bravery of those who were willing to take risks for the freedom of others. This module patches together pieces of history and culminates in a collaborative quilting project representing our own unique guiding forces in life.
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. We have added a sample of an After Reading lesson entitled Picture Analysis for you to preview. Each lesson is designed in an easy to read format, with standards, materials needed, and step-by-step directions to ensure you are fully prepared when it’s time to deliver.
This module contains the following lessons:
- 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.