Who Was Harriet Tubman?
Born a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman knew first-hand what it meant to be someone's property; she was whipped by owners and almost killed by an overseer. It was from other field hands that she first heard about the Underground Railroad which she travelled by herself north to Philadelphia. Throughout her long life (she died at the age of ninety-two) and long after the Civil War brought an end to slavery, this amazing woman was proof of what just one person can do.
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Who Was Harriet Tubman?
What is the purpose of this first paragraph?
Life in Maryland
In the 1800s in the United States, slavery was still common in the South. It was also common that slaves did not know how to read and write. Therefore, Harriet's parents could not record her exact day of birth.
The story of Harriet Tubman is being told from an outsider's perspective. Since her story is being told by someone else and not herself, this is considered a biography.
What is the purpose of the section titled, "Bought and Sold"?
If you are unfamiliar with the story of Moses from the Bible, watch the video below. It's important to know who Moses is in order to understand why people compare Harriet Tubman to him. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following statements is FALSE about the first sentence in this paragraph?
Harriet Tubman was only seven years old when she was asked to watch Miss Susan's baby. This is about the age of a second grader! What do you think about a child that young having so much responsibility?
Which of the sentences in the highlighted paragraph is text based evidence to support, "She was very young, but she was bold"?
Watch the video below in order to answer the next question. (This annotation contains a video)
What can we infer are Minty's "new ideas"?
Watch the video below to answer the following question. (This annotation contains a video)
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What can you infer about Harriet's personality based on text evidence?
Looking for the North Star
The author has already provided information about how selling slaves occurs. Is it possible that Harriet will be separated from her family? Even from her brothers who will be sold as well?
What is the cause of Harriet being sold to a new owner?
The North Star is at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper, which is located near the Big Dipper. You can see the constellations more clearly in the photo below. (This annotation contains an image)
A Free Man’s Wife
Which of the following sentences from the text is NOT an example textual evidence to support that, "Sewing was hard work"?
How do you think the differing of ideas will affect Harriet and John's relationship?
Make an inference about what might be included in Harriet's plan to escape. Support your answer with text evidence.
The Quakers helped the slaves escape through the Underground Railroad. Can you think of any other times when one group of people helped another in need?
Section 1 Quiz
Free at Last
Below you can see where the Choptank River is located in Maryland. It starts in Delaware in the east, and flows southwest into Maryland and into the Chesapeake Bay. (This annotation contains an image)
Explain the Underground Railroad in your own words.
This sentence gives the reader information about what is going to happen later in Tubman's life. In a fiction novel, foreshadowing, or giving the reader hints, is often secretive. But in nonfiction, the author comes right out and says it.
Which of the following is the best synonym for the word "vigilance" as it's used to describe what this committee does?
The author chooses to use exclamation points here to emphasize these ideas. Harriet's family was escaping during the day, which was very dangerous to do. The punishment for being caught was severe. Do you think Harriet's family will escape successfully? Continue reading to find out.
When writing nonfiction text, like a biography, it is important that the author does not put his/her opinion into the text. Which of the following statements about the author's point of view is mostly true?
Again, the author chooses to close the chapter with a statement that leads the reader into the next chapter. This is referred to as a transition sentence.
Look at the chapter title and the first sentence of this chapter. Which of the follow statements best summarizes what this chapter will most likely be about?
After the Fugitive Slave Law was passed, even though Harriet had made it to the free states, she was no longer considered free. This definitely changes things. Keep reading to see how things changed for Tubman.
How does Harriet's trip to bring her husband north affect her future actions?
St. Catherine's is a city just over the New York border into Ontario, Canada. You can see a map of where it is located below. (This annotation contains an image)
The sentence, "She would have to find another way," could be consider a(n)
The illustration on this page is helpful because it allows the reader to visualize the "crude wagon" that Harriet made.
Section 2 Quiz
A Country at War
Below you will see a map of the Union States and the Confederate States. Blue represents a Union State, red represents a Confederate State, and light blue represents a Union state that allowed slavery. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is NOT a topic sentence that is used in the last few paragraphs?
Watch the video at the website below for more information on how Lincoln was able to convince the Union that the Emancipation Proclamation was necessary. Keep these ideas in mind in order to answer questions later. (This annotation contains a link)
Why was Harriet able to be an effective spy for the northern army?
If you were to summarize what happened here, what would you say? That Harriet was able to help Northern soldiers capture Southern soldiers? It's almost as if Harriet is fighting in the war herself!
Harriet wore men's clothing before, so why does she not consider it now?
Although Harriet helped enormously during the war, the government still owed her money. What does this say about the government?
Which of the following words is the best antonym for "amendment"?
Moses of Her People
Below is a map that shows where Auburn, New York is located. (This annotation contains an image)
Make an inference about how Sarah Bradford will help Harriet Tubman? Explain your reasoning.
Harriet has big goals and dreams to help others. How does Harriet make sure her dreams come true? What characteristics does Harriet have that makes her successful?
Which of the following sentences in this passage explains the main reason Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are similar?
Queen Victoria held the throne longer than any other British monarch. She was the Queen of England during the time of the Civil War in the United States, and the Industrial Revolution in England. She is the great-great-grandmother of the current Queen Elizabeth II. (This annotation contains an image)
Section 3 Quiz