Lesson: Visualization Quilt using Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
Author: Minor M
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 3 - 5
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.
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.”
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”!
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.
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!
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!
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