Tuesday, March 27, 2012


I do love to teach about abolitionists and the Under Ground railroad.  Our students need to learn about the unforgivable (in my opinion) act of slavery in this country - as well as the people who wanted to stop it.  There are so many good resources out there now for teaching this unit...I'd like to share a few of my favorites...

Of course, I will start out with Children's Literature....one of the best ways to ENGAGE learners.
John Brown...the hero of Harper's Ferry...These are both books that I have used in my classroom.  One is a graphic novel, the other a story book with great pictures. I found both books at our public library. 

Next is Nat Turner...another interesting Virginian.  He was a slave who simple had enough and caused a rebellion.  His method was violent and led to many deaths...

And of course,  Harriet Tubman....who can forget her? The woman was truly a hero and should receive more recognition than she has gotten...


    More to come on this unit...


  1. Hey Leslie, Such great book recs, I will have to get them! I too teach in Va and fourth grade! I really like the Silent Witness by Robin Friedman. It is about how the McClean family basically witnesses the beginning and end of the Civil War! Love it. Love your blog!

    One Teacher's Take

  2. Wow, what great books choices. I'm adding these to my list!

    Fun in Room 4B

  3. I love Moses. I also love Ellen Levine's Henry's Freedom Box. A great Civil War book is Patricia Polacco's Pink and Say.