Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold
Lesson plans and teaching resources

Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky
This Teacher Guide includes a prereading activity, thematic and interdisciplinary connections, vocabulary, and related titles.

Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky
Students draw and discuss their understanding of the Underground Railroad before listening to the story and then again afterward. Word processor required.

Guided Comprehension: Summarizing Using the QuIP Strategy
This lesson introduces students to the QuIP (questions into paragraphs) strategy, a technique that involves graphically organizing information and synthesizing it in writing. Uses both Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky and Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt .

Harriet Tubman: An Informative and Impressionistic Look
Harriet Tubman was a leading figure in the Underground Railroad movement. In this lesson, students research information about her using informative resources and look at impressionistic artwork depicting her life. Comparing informative v. impressionistic sources, they then write a short compare and contrast essay. To conclude this lesson, they create original impressionistic artwork based on the information learned. The lesson uses Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky and provides a link to a photograph of a statue of Tubman found in Tubman Plaza, Harlem, New York City.

Mapping Slavery
From the U. S. Library of Congress: "The 1860 census was the last time the federal government took a count of the Southern slave population. In 1861, the United States Coast Survey issued two maps of slavery based on the census data: the first mapped Virginia and the second mapped Southern states as a whole." This infographic may contribute to student understanding of the background to the book.

National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom
Sponsored by the National Park Service, this site provides links to national historical sites and to additional information about the Underground Railroad.

The Underground Railroad
Students assume the role of a slave and click to learn about the Underground Railroad. Designed for elementary students, sponsored by National Geographic.