Friday, 27 July 2012

The Ballad of the Underground Railroad

In my Foundations Reading 3/4 class (low intermediate-intermediate), we looked at immigration last year including how many slaves came to Canada via the Underground Railroad. The students were fascinated to learn about this part of North American history as we looked at a couple of wonderful picture books including Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine. We also read a simplified reader on Harriet Tubman too. The students were able to compare and contrast their immigration experiences with some of the slaves. I wanted to put this video into a ted ed format, but there was a problem with the website today. This video and this song illustrate will give the ESL students an important visual and some more basic information about the Underground Railroad. It could also lead into some vocab activities with some of the new words in the song.

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