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To keep my students excited about learning I use a variety of materials such as textbooks, books on computers, and other internet resources. For our study of slavery they will use these materials, including reading slave narratives on the Library of Congress site. It is important to use primary resources such as the slave narratives, but there is nothing like a historical novel to really bring a subject to life and the students love reading novels. I believe that reading Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis will be an excellent way to introduce slavery to them. It is the story of a young son of former slaves born into freedom in Canada. When his friend’s money is stolen, money intended to buy his family out of slavery, he sets off on a journey to get it back and after crossing into the United States, learns the horrors of slavery. Following our reading and discussion of the novel, the students will choose from a variety of slavery related topics and do independent research.

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To keep my students excited about learning I use a variety of materials such as textbooks, books on computers, and other internet resources. For our study of slavery they will use these materials, including reading slave narratives on the Library of Congress site. It is important to use primary resources such as the slave narratives, but there is nothing like a historical novel to really bring a subject to life and the students love reading novels. I believe that reading Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis will be an excellent way to introduce slavery to them. It is the story of a young son of former slaves born into freedom in Canada. When his friend’s money is stolen, money intended to buy his family out of slavery, he sets off on a journey to get it back and after crossing into the United States, learns the horrors of slavery. Following our reading and discussion of the novel, the students will choose from a variety of slavery related topics and do independent research.

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