Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1: "The Quarter")
Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad is a biography written by American author Ann Petry. The book, published in 1955, details the life of Harriet Tubman, American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy. Tubman escaped enslavement and subsequently helped rescue over seventy slaves by way of the secret routes of the Underground Railroad. In this lesson, students will research author Ann Petry and will identify and analyze the narrative style of the biography.
Research Activity: Take time to conduct research on author Ann Petry and the publication of Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad. What other works did Petry write? How did Petry stand out as an African American author during her lifetime? What are common themes seen in Petry’s works? What inspired her to write this biography?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, discuss the (previously assigned...
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