Quilts and the Underground Railroad

Content Area: Social Studies

Level: 3

Objectives:

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Create a quilt based on important aspects from the Underground Railroad.

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Use appropriate technology and reference materials to research a topic about the Underground Railroad.

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Write a paragraph based on the research that will include important information regarding the Underground Railroad.

Strategies/Techniques:

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Through oral reading, computer research, and class discussion students will develop a class quilt relating to the Underground Railroad.

Materials:

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Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad by Raymond Debord

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Computers with Internet access

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Colored paper

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Pens/pencils

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Lined paper

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Hole puncher

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Yarn

Procedures:

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Anticipatory Set:

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Teacher will read Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad, by Raymond Debord, aloud to students. 

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Inform students they will be working with computers.

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Development:

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Take students to computer lab.

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Assign students a specific topic in dealing with the Underground Railroad.

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Instruct students to research information on their given topic.

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Inform them that they should find enough information to write a three to five sentence paragraph.

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Allow students to research for approximately 15min.

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After researching, students should return to the classroom.

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Instruct students to write their paragraph on the provided lined paper.

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When they complete the paragraphs, allow them to attach them to colored paper.

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As a class, attach the sheets of paper together with string to form a quilt.

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Make sure the students place a blue sheet of paper in the center of the quilt to properly represent a freedom quilt.

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Closure:

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Discuss the quilt and its relevance to the Underground Railroad as a class.

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Have the students find a place in the classroom to display the quilt.

Modifications/Adaptations:

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Allow students to work in pairs if needed.

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Provide a checklist of steps involved in the lesson.

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Provide a sheet with transitions for students when writing.

Extensions:

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Allow students to illustrate pictures of their topic in the space below their paragraph.

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Teach the students the song, Follow the Drinking Gourd.

Technology:

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Computers with Internet access.

Assessment:

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Students must have three to five sentences regarding their assigned topic.

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Students will assemble a class quilt that has a blue square in the middle.

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Class will demonstrate their computer skills in regards to using the Internet to acquire new information.

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