Tommy gets into trouble at church, so his father sends him home. Follow the drinking gourd, follow the drinking gourd for the old man is awaitin to carry you to freedom follow the drinking gourd when the sun goes back. For the old man is waiting to carry you to freedom. They read and analyze the book, follow the drinking gourd, compose their own secret song, complete an abraham lincoln crossword puzzle, and dramatize a historical. The drinking gourd song was supposedly used by an underground railroad operative to encode escape instructions and a map. Mar 20, 2020 each meeting we will discuss the book itself, and a variety of other works that we have suggested to be read with that section of the book, featuring works by saidiya hartman, alice walker, stevie wonder, lauryn hill, fred moten and others. Their 9yearold son, little jeff, is about tommys age. It was not a railroad, and it was not under the ground.
Overall, my purpose is to identify and to explicate this myth in code, cipher wheatley, as it is consciously and unconsciously structured and formed, synchronically and diachronically, by way of samuel gilmans. When the great big river meets the little river, follow the drinking gourd. Follow the drinking gourd book columbus metropolitan. The drinking gourd referred to the constellation known as the big dipper which.
The book shows how hard that being a slave child could be. Wonderful this book would be wonderful for children with background info from teachers or parents. Reading excerpts from the book will graphically illustrate to the students how slaves traveled on slave ships, and provide accurate historical information on the issue of slavery in america. To help those taking this perilous journey, secret information found such as songs like go down moses and follow the drinking gourd and visual symbols helped let those leaving know where, and when to go. These directions then enabled fleeing slaves to make their way north from mobile, alabama to the ohio river and freedom. Our mission is to steward the legacy of the celebrated playwright and to ensure that her works and her commitment to art, social change, and human evolution continue to inspire. The drinking gourd book the seattle public library. While working for plantation owners, peg leg joe teaches the slaves a song about the drinking gourd the big dipper.
The pulitzer prizewinning playwright of how i learned to drive, paula vogel, has crafted what the new york times has declared an ambitious, richly detailed and beautiful new seasonal offering. April 1981 edition entitled highlights of the civil war 18611865. Chorus follow the drinking gourd, follow the drinking gourd, for the old man is awaiting for to carry you to freedom, if you follow the drinking gourd. The american folksong follow the drinking gourd was first published in 1928. From them, tommy learns his own father is a conductor on the underground railroad, a person who helps runaway slaves escape to freedom. Make a list of possible african americans mentioned in the book that. Follow the drinking gourd is an african american folk song first published in 1928. We first met christy when she took our chapter book excerpts as mentor text inservice back in 2006. D is for drinking gourd by nancy sanders grolier online, portrait quilt planning sheet, portrait quilt rubric advanced resources are available with information about each person either preparation preread the book, including the side notes for d and q pages. Jun 09, 1970 this book is a great entry way into slavery for children. See more ideas about underground railroad, five in a row and gourds. Part ii quotes two excerpts from the 2009 book follow the drinking gourd.
Follow the drinking gourd discussion guide scholastic. It is about the underground railroad, and how people used this and the big dipper aka the drinking gourd in the story to escape to canada so they could be free. Its difficult teaching about slavery because racism continues. Follow the drinking gourd click link above and then click on mp3 link on webpage to hear song follow the drinking gourd.
The moose came to him a while ago and he knew, just knew, that it was meant to be his. While playing in the barn, tommy finds a slave family hiding there. At its simplest the book provides a biographical sketch of jane austen along with summaries of each of her novels. Follow the drinking gourd extension activities scholastic. Theres another river on the other side, follow the drinking gourd.
You can find out how a simple song with hidden meanings helped escaping slaves find the path to freedom in follow the drinking gourd. A story of young harriet tubman written by alan schroeder and illustrated by jerry pinkney is a good book to introduce to children about slavery. This is a story about the underground railroad in the precivil war days. Follow the drinking gourd book king county library. Book excerpts are provided by the publisher and may. Indian summer, illustrated by anita lobel, and the one bad. Monjo, author of the drinking gourd, wrote two other popular i can read books. The drinking gourd was the big dipper in the sky from which they could locate the north.
Many families use fiar for all but the grammarreading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Benjamin january is called up to vicksburg, deep in cottonplantation country, to help a wounded conductor of the underground railroad the secret network of safehouses that guide escaping slaves to freedom. This cauldron he filled partly full of water, dipping it with a half gourd from an earthen jar that stood near, but he dipped cautiously, for water was precious. Follow the drinking gourd by jeanette winter librarything. Celebrating our literary legacy since 1998 black literature is for everyone. The drinking gourd is another name for the big dipper asterism. The book s content explains her life chronologically, but the writings are not necessarily in chronological order. Fifth graders complete a short unit on slavery and the u. In her own words lorraine hansberry literary trust.
The drinking gourd browse and buy the paperback edition of the drinking gourd by f. Its also a love story, as the nomadic grant learns to settle down. In code, the drinking gourd stood for the big dipper, the wellknown constellation which it resembles. For the old man is waiting for to carry you to freedom, if you follow the drinking gourd. The one black boy is following the drinking gourd big dipper to find his way north to freedom. We felt that there is no better way to spend time at home than reading and thinking with those in our community. The sited is mainly interested in featuring the voices of black students currently debating, that being said what is punished on the site is not exclusive to those categories.
Follow the drinking gourd contained coded instructions on how and when to escape, and directions for traveling to safe havens along the way. This level 3 i can read book is a captivating firstperson historical fiction account of the underground railroad, narrated by. They are on the run to canada, with the help of tommys father. Follow the drinking gourd an underground railroad story book. Benjamin january investigates the murder of a conductor of the underground railway, helping slaves to freedom. Many of us have more time on our hands because of restrictive measures due to the outbreak of covid19. Underground railroadlibrary of congress lesson plan. After the class has learned the song, reread the text, pausing to have the class sing the song segments. For the old man is awaiting for to carry you to freedom, theres another river on the other side, if you follow the drinking gourd. If he is educated he will no longer be a slave because he would be smart and know better. Buy a cheap copy of follow the drinking gourd book by jeanette winter. This level 3 i can read book is a captivating firstperson historical fiction. The escapes were filled with danger from slavecatchers.
If you teach the jeanette winter picture book, consider explaining that it is just. Richie havens follow the drinking gourd lyrics genius. D is for drinking gourd an african american alphabet book. When the sun comes back and the first quail calls, follow the drinking gourd. Narrative this lesson is an introduction to young students about the ugrr. Tommy lies in bed thinking about the runaways, and out his window he can see the stars of the drinking gourd pointing the way to freedom. Its lively, entertaining, and funny, containing a travel writers flair for indepth reporting alongside insightful reflections on poverty, community, and race. Joel bresler is the author of the 2009 book follow the drinking gourd. A story of the underground railroad i can read book 3 december 1, 1992, harpercollins library binding in english. Historyfix became a part of the writingfix family in 2007 and has been growing ever since. Follow the drinking gourd is a book featured in five in a row, a literaturebased unit study curriculum. With beautiful, simple prose that folds in historical facts about slavery and the civil war, this book makes this important.
Little jeff explains that he and his family must follow the drinking gourd, or the big dipper, in the night sky. This book can give children the scaffolding they need to begin to learn about such a large and complex topic. Left foot, peg foot, traveling on, follow the drinking gourd. Winters story begins with a pegleg sailor who aids slaves on their escape on the underground railroad. Perhaps the children can watch a video of the movie or hear excerpts from the diary. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading follow the drinking gourd. Harpercollins childrens books, a division of harpercollins publishers. Follow the drinking gourd by jeanette winter, paperback. The river bed makes a mighty fine road, dead trees to show you the way and its left foot, peg foot, traveling on follow the drinking gourd. Benjamin january is called up to vicksburg, deep in cottonplantation country, to help a wounded conductor of the underground railroad the secret network of safehouses that guide escaping. Escaping slaves used polaris to guide them toward freedom. Open library is an initiative of the internet archive, a 501c3 nonprofit, building a digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Help the class learn the follow the drinking gourd song as written in the back of the book.
As the note at the beginning of this historical childrens book tells, slaves learned a folk song entitled follow the drinking gourd. Benjamin january is called up to vicksburg, deep in cottonplantation country, to help a wounded conductor of the underground railroad, the secret network of safehouses that guide escaping slaves to freedom. A general state education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another. Follow the drinking gourd kindle edition by winter, jeanette. Read the book follow the drinking gourd by jeanette winter. After reading follow the drinking gourd have students study the faces of the runaway slaves as illustrated in the book. Four youtube examples of the song follow the drinking. Follow the drinking gourd picture book about how slaves used the north star and the big dipper drinking gourd constellation in the underground railroad by jeanette winter cobblestone a history magazine for young people. From a highlyrespected picture book authorillustrator comes a lyrical evocation of philippe petits 1974 tightrope walk.
If a virtual private party is more your thing, go here for details. The true story of follow the drinking gourd casandersdotnet. Using the alphabet to introduce its contents, this book includes topic such as abolitionists, cowboys, harlem renaissance, and kwanzaaprovided by publisher. Drinking gourd store black studies legacy foundation. Following the handle of the big dipper was an easy way to locate the north star, polaris. To understand the story of harriet tubman we first need to learn something about the underground railroad. You can read about and listen to other songs escaping slaves used as signals in music. When the chief conductor of the station is found murdered, jubal cain, the coordinator of the whole railroad system in. I used this book after reading a simple biography about harriet tubman and watching some utubes about the folk song follow the drinking gourd with an adult literacy class. A cultural history, a small portion of which is excerpted in part ii of this pancocojams series. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Austin who called for ten men to act as rangers for the common defense against indian tribes and. This level 3 i can read book is a captivating first person historical fiction.
For the old man is awaiting to carry you to freedom if you follow the drinking gourd. Folklore has it that slaves in the united states used it as a point of reference so they would not get lost. Follow the drinking gourd book san francisco public. Jeanette winter, whose my name is georgia was a publishers weekly best book among other accolades, lives in pipe creek, texas. They follow it, for it always points to the north star, which can guide them north as they travel at night, the safest time. Follow the drinking gourd kindle edition by winter. Peg leg joe travels from plantation to plantation singing the drinking gourd song that will guide slaves to freedom in the north. Underground railroadlibrary of congress lesson plan template lesson title.
Play sporcle s virtual live trivia to have fun, connect with people, and get your trivia on. The drinking gourddestined for the north star overview. That is why we are organising a twoweek book club that centers. When the tombigbee ended, slaves should go north over the hills until they came to another river, the tennessee river. D is for drinking gourd book ottawa public library. Then, after a hesitation, he suddenly lifted the jar and emptied all the water into the cauldron. Sent home alone for misbehaving in church, tommy discovers that his house is a station on the underground railroad. The drinking gourd is a historical fiction book for young elementary children. Have students study the faces of the runaway slaves as illustrated in the book. Students will be introduced to the movement of runaway slaves from the south to the north and some of the routes that were used. They would use the coded words in the song follow the drinking gourd to find their way.
Marys county libraries have arranged for members of accokeek foundations awardwinning museum theater, jarren fonville and anika prather, to present, grandpa joe and the. It sets the reader up with factual information before you begin reading. Resources d is for drinking gourd by nancy sanders h. Tommy learns that his father has hidden the family in the barn until he can take them across the river at night. I really appreciated the note about the story before you begin reading. Steal away home book by lois ruby official publisher. The drinking gourd has open submissions to anyone who wishes to be featured on the site. It is a book that depicts the underground railroad through the tale of two boys. Lois ruby is the author of several novels, including steal away home, which was named an ira young adults choice and a notable childrens trade book in the field of social studies ncsscbc. Public libraries throughout maryland are hosting events to celebrate this years one maryland one book initiative.
Follow the drinking gourd when the sun comes back and the first quail calls, the river ends between two hills, follow the drinking gourd. The riverbank makes a very good road, the dead trees will show you the way. They are following the drinking gourd, a constellation in the northern sky that points the way to freedom. By following the directions in a song, the drinking gourd, taught them by an old sailor named peg leg joe, runaway slaves journey north along the underground railroad to freedom in canada. A drinking gourd is a hollow gourd used to scoop water, but it is also a name for the big dipper constellation. Grandpa joe and the drinking gourd at sotterley plantation. More than spiritual excerpts from a sermon, interspersed with spirituals by raymond g. Read a sample read a sample enlarge book cover audio excerpt. To understand the negro traditional spirituals it is necessary to know something of the cultural millieu out of which they arose. This is a nonfiction book or guideto the life, times, and workof jane austen for older children or even young adults. Mar 22, 20 follow the drinking gourd is a story of slavery and escape in the mid1800s. Welcome to black studies legacy foundation, dedicated to the restoration, reformation, and reclamation of the african american selfdetermination, right to selfdefense against mentacide dr.
Apr 30, 2007 jeanette winters picture book relates the story of an old white sailor called peg leg joe who went from plantation to plantation in the precivil war south, teaching enslaved blacks a folksong. Move from this book to others which deal with the same period and events. Historical fiction books, like the drinking gourd and buffalo bill and the pony express, are introduced at this level. Jesus was a man, men are smarter, and women need protection because they are not as strong. It makes quite a difference when we find that the negro slaves thought of the future life as here. The first settlers came to texas around 1821 with stephen f. For the old man is awaiting for to carry you to freedom if you follow the drinking gourd. The images and the text were beautiful and emotional. Hand out copies of the lyrics to follow the drinking gourd. Dispatches from pluto is a book as unique as the delta itself.
Poet nicole selaey reads excerpts from her latest book, ordinary beast, at james madison university as part of the furious flower poetry centers fall reading series. Set on a chilly christmas eve during the latter days of the civil war, a civil war christmas weaves a tapestry of fictional and historical characters, such as president and mrs. Follow the drinking gourd bound to stay bound books. Oct 23, 2011 a discussion and summary around the chapter book, the drinking gourd a discussion and summary around the chapter book, the drinking gourd. For the old man is awaiting for to carry you to freedom if you follow the drinking gourd where the great big river meets the little river, follow the drinking gourd. Aquilas drinking gourd, pamela dell, tradition books, 2003, excelsior, mn.
Other verses go into greater detail about following the river banks and which way to go as they head north. When the sun comes back means winter and spring when the altitude of the sun at noon is higher each day. Chorus follow the drinking gourd, follow the drinking gourd for the old man is awaitin to carry you to freedom follow the drinking gourd. When tommys father comes home, they hide the runaways in a hay wagon and drive them to the river. Indian summer, illustrated by anita lobel, and the one bad thing about father, illustrated by rocco negri.
Deacon fuller explains to tommy that although he believes one should obey laws, he cannot obey the law that says that big jeff and his family are slaves who belong to another man. If necessary, engage a music teachers assistance in order to accurately decipher the musical score. Usually many books always focus on harriets adult life, but this book focuses on her life as a child. The drinking gourd referred to the constellation known as the big dipper which guided them northward along waterways and mountain passes.751 658 521 1044 107 772 1256 259 1346 1108 53 209 966 1114 585 1065 490 534 737 605 1533 1214 29 676 456 228 1290 1188 183