4 Fantastic Resources About Harriet Tubman

Scope's February nonfiction feature "Escape From Slavery" tells the incredible true story of Harriet Tubman. After you and your students read this gripping article, your students can further explore the history of slavery in the United States, the life of Harriet Tubman, and the Underground Railroad through the resources we've curated below. Then, your students can choose from one of the activities we recommend at the end.


Four resources to keep your students’ learning going:

1. Virtual Exhibit: “The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship”
Explore this Library of Congress online exhibit in small groups. The exhibit chronicles black America’s quest for equality from slavery to the Civil Rights era through government documents, manuscripts, maps, and musical scores.

2. Primary Source: "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass"
Read an excerpt from Douglass' autobiography. Three excerpts are offered as text exemplars on pages 90-91 of Appendix B to the CCSS for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects.

3. Primary Source: Letter from Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman
Read this 1868 letter from Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman. NOTE: This text has Guided Reading Mode. Should you choose to enable Guided Reading Mode, your students will be prompted to answer guiding comprehension questions as they read.

4. Slideshow: “The Underground Railroad”
Explore four slideshows of primary sources documenting slavery, the Underground Railroad, abolition, and the challenges that runaway slaves faced in their new lives. Audio read-aloud available.


Four engaging activities to choose from:

For Struggling Readers
In a well-organized paragraph, explain how Harriet Tubman was a courageous leader. Use at least one detail from "Escape From Slavery," one detail from the video "Beyond the Story: The Underground Railroad," and one detail from one of the texts above to support your ideas.

For Advanced Readers
Why should Harriet Tubman be studied and remembered? Answer this question in a well-organized essay. Use information from the article, the video, and one additional source to support your ideas.

For Historians
Research another person who worked on the Underground Railroad. Write a work of narrative nonfiction about that person. (Use the article as a model.)

For Artists
Create a work of visual art—a painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, etc.—about the legacy of Harriet Tubman. Write a brief artist’s statement explaining the ideas behind your artwork.

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