This lesson is a part of a larger unit on the Underground Railroad and is based on Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Hopkinson, Deborah. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.). The teacher will read the book to the students, a story about a young slave who stitches a quilt with a map pattern that guides her to freedom in the North. Students will discuss the cultural significance of the story and design their own quilt squares, incorporating the concepts of geography and coded messages. A route will be mapped from the coastal regions of South Carolina to the Piedmont.
South Carolina Geographic Alliance
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Two 40-minute class periods