Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by: Deborah Hopkinson Cyberlesson: Barbara Palmer. www.amazon.com. Materials. Journal. Computer. Graphic Organizers. Paper. Pencils/ crayons. Introduction. A quilt piecing detail from 1978
A quilt piecing detail from 1978
CREDIT: Severt, Carrie, quiltmaker; Eiler, Lyntha Scott, photographer; "Piecing, detail." September 1978. Quilts and Quiltmaking in America: 1978-1996, Library of Congress. http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jp/quilt/jp_quilt_how_1_e.html
Do you know what a quilt is? Do you know how they are used or why they are special?
You are about to read a story about a young girl named Clara that has a special quilt.
What is a quilt?
What are quilts used for?
Visit this website to find out more about quilts:
1992 Rhode Island State Winner, Stardust
Credit: Burrill, Jean F., Quiltmaker. "1992 Rhode Island State Winner; Stardust." 1989 - 1990. Quilts and Quiltmaking in America: 1978-1996, Library of Congress. http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jp/quilt/jp_quilt_scrap_3_e.html
A quilt called "Around America," the 1992 New Hampshire State Winner
CREDIT: Calistro, Polly, quiltmaker. "1992 New Hampshire State Winner; Around America." 1989 - 1991. Quilts and Quiltmaking in America: 1978-1996, Library of Congress. http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jp/quilt/jp_quilt_scrap_2_e.html
Read the first ten pages of the story. As you are reading, identify problems Clara faces. Next, predict ways that Clara might solve these problems. Complete the graphic organizer
A square from the AIDS Memorial Quilt
CREDIT: Margolies, Paul, photographer. "Quilt Block #02316 from the AIDS Memorial Quilt." Courtesy of the NAMES Project Foundation
In yesterdays reading, Clara began to hear about
the underground railroad. Visit these websites and
their links to learn more about the Underground railroad,
and Harriet Tubman.
Barbara Payne Columbus, Ohio
Oberlin Seniors 1982
Oberlin railroad Quilt
Today you are going to finish reading the story. While
You are reading complete an active reader report.
Now that you have learned about the Underground railroad
answer these questions in your journal.
1. What was the underground railroad?
2. Name one famous conductor?
3. Do you think Clara will take the underground railroad to
Freedom? How could Clara use her skills as a seamstress
to help lead her to freedom?
Slaves traveled along the Underground Railroad, depicted in this painting
CREDIT: Webber, Charles T. (reproduction of a painting in the Cincinnati Art Museum). The underground railroad." C1893. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/aa/activists/tubman/rail_3
Now that you have read the story go back to your
problems and solutions graphic organizer and check to
see if Clara’s problems were solved in the same way you
predicted. Complete this story map Graphic Organizer
Artist: Paul Collins