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Escaping Slavery: Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

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Escaping Slavery: Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 45- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sue Ann Miller

North Wales, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson (Random House, 1995)

  • 12" x 16" drawing paper

  • Chart paper, board, or overhead projector and transparencies

  • Glue and scissors

  • Markers, crayons, and pencils

  • Quilt

  • Student journals

  • Wallpaper patterns

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1. Gather the materials listed under Resources.

2. Read Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson.

3. Determine student partners.

4. Decide on use of the board, chart paper, or an overhead transparency for recording students' oral responses.

5. Make an overhead transparency of the problems/solutions/events chart and also make copies of the chart for students.

6. Access and review the two websites used in this lesson:

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