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Lesson: Visualization Quilt using Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt


Author: Minor M
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 3 - 5

Introduction

After reading Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson, students will visualize a key event of the story by designing a quilt square to be used for the class’ visualization quilt. In addition, before reading, students will build background knowledge of the Underground Railroad using National Geographic Presentst the Underground Railraod and will predict the events of the story by using information gained through the background builder.

Goals

The learners will: write a journal entry in response to their experience with National Geographic Presents the Underground Railroad. predict possible events of the story by marking either “yes” or “no” on the before side of the anticipation chart. check their predictions during reading by marking either “yes” or “no” on the after side of the anticipation chart. complete a visualization quilt square that represents a meaningful part of the story to be used in the class’ “visualization quilt.”

Directions

We will be exploring the Underground Railroad and the role quilts played in it as we read Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson. Before you read, check out National Geographic Presents the Underground Railroad to get some useful infomration and predict what will happen in the story using the anticipaiton guide. After you read, you will have a chance to design your very own quilt square for our class’ “visualization quilt”!


Background Builder Background

Title: National Geographic Presents the Underground Railroad URL: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/99/railroad/index.html
Directions: National Geographic Presents the Underground Railroad http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/99/railroad/index.html Click here to see what it was like to be a rider of the Underground Railroad as you go on an interactive tour.


Title: About the author - Deborah Hopkinson URL: http://www.deborahhopkinson.com
Directions: About the author - Deborah Hopkinson http://www.deborahhopkinson.com Want to learn more about "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt" author, Deborah Hopkinson? Click here to read about her life and other books as well as to get information about fun activities, news, and events!


Title: Quilts, quilts, and more quilts! URL: http://www.womenfolk.com/historyofquilts/
Directions: Quilts, quilts, and more quilts! http://www.womenfolk.com/historyofquilts/ Today, we use quilts to keep us warm but that's not all they were used for a long time ago. Interested in learning more? Click here!



Vocabulary Builder Vocabulary


Message: Before reading, check out the definitions to some words you will encounter in the text. Knowing the meanings of the words before you read will help you understand better during reading.
Vocabulary Words:
freedom the state of being free
seamstress a woman who sews, especially as her job
stitches in sewing, a series of in-and-out movements of a threaded needle formed in a particular way
plantation a large area of farmland taken care of by workeres
master someone who has control over another person or group of people
banks (as in river banks) the rising ground at the edge of a river, lake, or sea


Activity: If I were a passenger on the Underground Railraod...


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Goals

The learners will: 1) write a journal entry response (using first person) to National Geographic presents the Underground Railroad describing what it might have been like to be a passenger on the Underground Railroad

Directions

1) View National Geographic presents the Underground Railroad found in the background builder portion of this website. 2) Follow the directions found on the website and journey through the Underground Railroad. 3) Once you have gone through it, imagine what it would have been like to be a passenger on the Underground Railroad. Describe your possible experiences and encounters. How might you feel? What would be some potential challenges? 4) Using first person narration, write your response in your online journal at penzu.com.(click on the "try it out" button to start your journal)



Activity: Making and checking predictions with Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt


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Goals

The learner will: 1) use the information gained from background builder to make at least 2 predictions about what will happen in "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt". 2) check to see if the original predictions they made are correct as they read "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt".

Directions

1) Before you begin reading, choose "predict" under the "strategies" drop down. Click on Keisha and use her model to make at least 2 predictions about what you think will happen in the text. 2) Record in your predictions in your reading journal. 3) As you read, check to see if your predictions are correct. If they are incorrect, correct them by recording what actually happened in the story.



Activity: Creating your own visualization quilt square


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Goals

The learners will: 1) visualize a meaningful part in the story and create a quilt square that represents their visualizations.

Directions

1) Choose a meaningful part from Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. A part is meaningful if it was the part you most enjoyed, a part that was a key part to the plot, a part you thought was suspenseful, etc. 2) Visualize this part. When you picture it in your mind, what do you see? What colors? What shapes? What is in your picture? 3) Create a "quilt square" with this visualization using Sumo Paint. Click on "open sumo paint" in the window to the right to begin your paint document. Your individual square will be an important piece of our collaborative class "visualization quilt"! If you need more tips on what visualizations should include, select "visualize" under the strategies drop down and click on Lee's Rubric to help you.




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