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Grade: Middle
Subject: Language

#2209. Underground to Canada Novel Study

Language, level: Middle
Posted Sun Apr 1 18:18:03 PDT 2001 by Jerry R. Jones (jrjones@idirect.com).
Kathleen Rowe Memorial Public School, Whitby,Ontario,Canada
Materials Required: Scrapbooks
Activity Time: 2-4 weeks
Concepts Taught: Escaping Slavery

Underground To Canada
(Introduction)

Group Members:________________________ ___________________________

________________________ ___________________________

1. Title Page: (3 marks) Must include the following information ( mark for each):

- title of the book - date started - author's name
- subject - teacher's name - student's name

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3


2. Brainstorming: (10 marks) Consider the term "Slavery" and it's implications. Complete the following questions:

a) Under the heading "Slavery" brainstorm at least twenty words that relate to the term slavery.
(1/4 mark for each term)

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

b) What does "Freedom" mean to you? Provide at least five proper sentences in your answer.
(1 mark for each sentence)

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5


3. Literary Terms: (5 marks) Define each of the following terms:

- character - setting - plot - climax - conflict

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

Underground To Canada
(Chapter 1-5)

1. Vocabulary: (7 marks) Define the following terms: Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Loiter, Mulatto, Plantation, Abolitionist, Quaker, Mirage, Magnolia Tree

2. Character Analysis: (15 marks)

a) Illustrate two characters in the story. In addition, provide a list of five attributes on each of the characters.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

b) Pretend you are one of the slaves in the novel. Write a letter to a friend describing the problems you have faced.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

3. Plot Analysis: (12 marks)

a) Describe two important events in each chapter. List them in the order they occur.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

b) Illustrate one of the events you have discussed.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

c) What will happen to Julilly and Liza in the next 5 chapters?

Evaluation 0 1 2

4. Setting Analysis: (3 marks)

a) List at least 3 clues in the novel that indicate the time period of the story.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3

5. Integrated Activities: (5 marks)
a) What was the "Emancipation Proclamation"of 1862/63 all about? Create your own
Emancipation Proclamation explaining how you would put an end of slavery.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

Underground To Canada
(Chapter 6 - 10)

Vocabulary (8 marks) Define the following terms:
cotton, ornithologist, scrawny, bondage, serene, mockingbird, trudge, grovel

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Character Analysis: (10 marks)
1. The characters in your novel all play a part in the story. The characters that play an important
role are called "Major Characters" while those who play a lesser role are called "Minor
Characters". For each character presented in the first ten chapters, list their names and state
whether they are a major character or a minor character.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

2. Write a song, chant, or poem about your favourite character. Explain what you like about
them and some of the feelings your character may possess.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

Plot Analysis: (10 marks)
1. Describe two important events in each chapter. List them in the order they occur.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

2. Illustrate one of the events that you have presented.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

Setting Analysis: (10 marks)
1. The book describes the horrid living conditions the slaves were forced to live in. Describe in
detail, how you would feel living under these conditions.

2. Illustrate how a slave house might have looked on a plantation.


Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5 Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

Integrated Activities: (5 marks)
a) Compare life in Canada to life in the southern United States during the 1800's. List at least
5 differences and 5 similarities.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5
Underground To Canada
(Chapter 11- 15)

Vocabulary: (7 marks)
venison Appalachian Mountains scant Mennonite sullen plateau plodded

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Character Analysis: (5 marks)
1. Make a journal entry (10 - 20 lines) about life on the underground railroad. Discuss the
heartache, pain and suffering you would experience if you were a run-away slave on a journey
to freedom.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

Plot Analysis: (20 marks)
1. Describe two important events in each chapter. List then in the order they occur.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

2. Write a definition for each word explaining what it means to be people who are working on
the underground railroad.

Freight Hardware Dry-Goods Tracks Railway Station

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

Setting Analysis: (10 marks)
1. How has the setting in the book changed in the first fifteen chapters? Explain in a full
paragraph the changes that have taken place.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

2. Illustrate one of the setting changes.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

Integrated Activities: (5 marks)
1. What does the Fugitive Slave Act mean? What are the consequences for people who help the slaves?

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

Underground To Canada
(Chapter 16 - 19)

Vocabulary: (8 marks)
schooner condemned burnished pledge flask injustice destination depot

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Character Analysis: (5 marks)
1. What character in the novel did you like best? Discuss why you admired them and the
personal attributes they possessed. (10 lines)

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

Plot Analysis: (10 marks)
1. Describe two important events in each chapter. List then in the order they occur.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Setting Analysis: (10 marks)
1. Describe the hide-out Julilly and Liza were in when hiding the slave hunter and sheriff.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

2. Illustrate the hide-out.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

Novel Assessment: (5 marks)

1. State your likes, dislikes and general opinion about the novel. (10 - 20 lines)

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5

Integrated Studies: (5 marks)

1. Using an atlas and the map in the front of the book of the route Julilly and Liza took to
Canada, calculate how many miles the two girls had to travel to be free.

Evaluation: 0 1 2 3 4 5