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Traveling the Road to Freedom Through Research and Historical Fiction

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time 5 to 6 weeks or thirty 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Beth O'Connor

Westfield, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman by Monica Kulling (Random House, 2000)

  • True North by Kathryn Lasky (Point Signature, 1998)

  • Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen (Laurel Leaf, 1995)

  • Chart paper

  • Computers with Internet access

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1. To prepare for this unit, begin by reading the three texts suggested in the Materials and Technology section. You should modify any of the suggested readings for the grade level you teach, or choose other texts from the time period if the content of these books is too difficult for your students.

2. Visit the ReadWriteThink lesson "Looking for the History in Historical Fiction: An Epidemic for Reading" and view the definition of historical fiction provided. You can use this definition to plan the brainstorming activity in Lesson 1.

3. Although novel discussion questions have been provided, you may also want to create specific questions for the book discussion groups in Lesson 2 if these do not fit your needs.

4. Before Lesson 3, view the Road to Freedom WebQuest and its links to be sure that all content is appropriate for the grade level you teach and that all links are active.

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