Running Scared, Running Free: Escape to the Promised Land

What would you do for your freedom?   Imagine a life in which leaving everything you have ever known was your only chance to truly live. Set during the era of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, when free states complied with the laws mandating returning escaped slaves to their owners down South, students meet Carolina.  Formerly enslaved and now living in Stony Brook, Long Island, Carolina is a conductor on the Underground Railroad ushering escaped slaves to the Promised Land located in Canada. Carolina illuminates the abolitionist movement, the risks facing the enslaved on a daily  basis, and the courage of those that fought to help them such as Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. Using quilt codes and constellations, students imagine being Railroad conductors and design escape routes northward from South Carolina. Together with Carolina, they explore the enduring symbol of freedom for all Americans.

Boces Arts in Education Reimbursable.

Common Core Standards: WMHO supports NY State and Common Core Standard learning by creating rich virtual environment where students study and observe artifacts, primary sources, and participate in an exchange of ideas.

New York State Social Studies Standards:  7.7b Enslaved African Americans resisted slavery in various ways in the 19th century. The abolitionist movement also worked to raise awareness of and generate resistance to the institution of slavery

Virtual Format: WMHO digital platform include (and are not limited to) Zoom, Google Classroom and MS Teams. Please let us know your digital preferences and we will work with you.

Testimonial   “It was so beautiful and educational – I loved it! My students were so engaged!” – Jennifer Amaral, 4th and 5th grade Teacher, Crestview Elementary School



Duration: 1 hr
Levels: Customized
Minimum Program Fee: $175

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