Literature Unit Ideas for Follow the Drinking Gourd (31 Days of Literature Unit Ideas)

I was first introduced to Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter  as part of a planetarium show at our local museum. I really liked the story, and I realized that reading it gave the opportunity to talk about history as well as science concepts. It's a book about the Underground Railroad. It's based on a song by the same name that was taught to the slaves to help them follow the constellations to the North and freedom.

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Unit study for Follow the Drinking Gourd


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About the book...

A man names Peg Leg Joe helps slaves flee to the North and guides them to the Underground Railroad. When he works on Southern plantations, he teaches the slaves a song that will guide them using seasons and constellations. A man, his wife, and son, along with two other slaves, use the words of the song to help them reach safety.

The book will be appealing to even younger children because of the rhythm and rhyme and the bright, boldly colored illustrations. But, although it's a picture book, it's a good one to use with older elementary-aged kids to discuss slavery and those who helped the slaves to escape.

History connections: Slavery and the Underground Railroad

Science connections: Stars and Constellations

Other resources...

Unit study for Follow the Drinking Gourd

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You can get this literature unit study as well as 44 others and lots of great literature unit study resources here in my free ebook The Ultimate Book of Unit Studies for Literature Lovers.




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