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Harriet Tubman

Pixton Lesson Plan on Harriet Tubman

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Timeline
  • Character Map
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Harriet Tubman
Pixton Lesson Plan on Harriet Tubman
Pixton Lesson Plan on Harriet Tubman

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Teacher Guide

Harriet Tubman

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Students can review the below activities, read teacher-provided texts, complete a research project, or discuss in class to learn about Harriet Tubman. The opening discussion can be used as a starting point for reading and/or research activities.

Opening Discussion

Start a KW(H)L chart:

  • What do you already know about Harriet Tubman?
  • What would you like to know about Harriet Tubman?
  • How could you learn more about Harriet Tubman?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Timeline
    Timeline

    Complete after class discussion, research or reading.

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  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Complete after class discussion, research or reading.

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Legacy and Quotations

    Complete after class discussion, research or reading.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Storyboard to illustrate Harriet Tubman's journey on the underground railroad.

  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Read or watch a nonfiction book or film about Harriet Tubman and illustrate a Graphic Novel to summarize the main events.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Complete the (L) column of the KW(H)L chart from the opening discussion to share what students have learned about Harriet Tubman.
  • Many people believe having just one month dedicated to black history is problematic. Do you agree or disagree?
  • Many people believe having just one month dedicated to women's history is problematic. Do you agree or disagree?
  • How can you better incorporate black history and women's history into daily history throughout the year?
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Pixton Activity: Harriet Tubman 1 Timeline

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  • Timeline

Intro

Have students research, read about or discuss the timeline of events significant to slavery, the underground railroad and Harriet Tubman's life.

Instructions

Create a Timeline to illustrate at least four events significant to slavery, the underground railroad and Harriet Tubman's life.

  • Identify the event date in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the event.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Harriet Tubman 2 Character Map

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  • Character Map

Intro

Have students read about, research or discuss Harriet Tubman's character traits and accomplishments.

Instructions

Create a Character Map for Harriet Tubman:

  • It's important to add as many details as you can to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character's accomplishments.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is fully developed with details that add significant meaning. The character map is complete; descriptions and details are thoughtful and accurate. The character map is complete; descriptions are basic, but accurate. The character map is incomplete; basic descriptions with little relevant details. The character map is incomplete; descriptions are short or inaccurate.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• characters vaguey looks like description
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is appropriate; lacks variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• simple language; vague and lacks purpose
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• inappropriate use of language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total
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Pixton Activity: Harriet Tubman 3 Legacy and Quotations

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  • Storyboard

Intro

Students should be aware that, not only did Harriet Tubman change the lives of the 300 slaves she freed, and their loved ones. She has an enduring legacy that has inspired thousands, if not millions, of people throughout time and across the globe. One of the ways her legacy persists is through Harriet Tubman's inspirational quotes that have reached millions of people.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard to illustrate Harriet Tubman' significant quotations and enduring legacy.

  • Include an appropriate quote for each panel.
  • Include appropriate illustrations for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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