Born into slavery in c.1820, Harriet Tubman would later run away and help scores of other African American slaves escape to freedom in the North using the “Underground Railroad.” A nurse, scout, and advisor during the American Civil War, Harriet co-led the Combahee River Raid, in which 700 slaves were liberated. After the war, Harriet became involved in women’s suffrage, or the right to vote, and opened a retirement home for sick and elderly African Americans. In this biography book for 8-11 year olds, learn all about Harriet Tubman’s fascinating life, the hardships she endured, her visions, the people she helped and rescued, the battles she fought, and how this American icon of justice and strength continues to inspire so many people today.
In 5 short weeks, Blackbird & Company research study guides will walk students through the process of composing an original biographical essay.
Week 1 – 3:
I introduce a rich vocabulary to describe the character traits exemplified by these historical figures.
Provide observation questions designed to help students extract details that matter.
Equip students with the scaffolding that enables them to craft one body paragraph that will later become part of the culminating essay.
Students craft a simple introduction and conclusion, put the components together, and, voila, an essay!
A creative project, of course, that offers directives to tap into the students imagination.