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When Deacon Fuller sends his son, Tommy, home early from church for misbehaving he goes to the barn to visit the horses. There he discovers a family of runaway slaves hiding in the hay. Having escaped from a plantation in South Carolina, they are following the drinking gourd, a constellation in the northern sky that points the way to freedom in Canada. Tommy learns what freedom is worth as he helps his father protect the family from discovery and waits to see if his father will come home safely
Through F.N. Monjo's exciting story of the Underground Railroad, students will learn:
Author Biography: Learn about F.N. Monjo, and his historical fiction for children.
Historical Background: Slavery and the Underground Railroad.
Before-You-Read Activities: read-a-loud, folk songs, astronomy, maps, fugitives.
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: In context, dictionary usage, illustration analysis.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Leadership and character, behavior, consequences, truth, justice, Golden Rule, do good to others.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Hidden Message activity, creative writing, star gazing, crafts.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, The Drinking Gourd by F.N. Monjo.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!
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