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The Underground Railroad Story Project

Posted by dogtrax on January 13, 2007

Happy New Year, Youth Radio friends!

This past week, Norris students studied the Underground Railroad in preparation for reading the book, The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton. Our inquiry into ways that slaves found the courage to escape and the people who helped them along the way led to a project in which we created paper quilts using patterns that represented messages for those making their way to freedom. We then wrote first-person narrative of someone running away and using patterns from quilts as a guide.

Here are their stories:

Or you can listen to the audio version of the Underground Railroad stories here.
Some of our students talked about homes of either relatives or friends that have hidden rooms and areas that might have been part of the Underground Railroad (our area of the country was one of the gateways to freedom). Do you have any remnants of the Underground Railroad where you live?

The Norris students

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22 Responses to “The Underground Railroad Story Project”

  1. Gail Desler said

    Hello Norris Students,

    Your Underground Railroad stories are wonderful. I’m not familiar with the symbol and importance of the monkey wrench. Could someone elaborate a bit on this?

    I grew up and still live in California, a place not often associated with our nation’s sad years of slavery. So I was pretty amazed when I discovered several years ago that El Dorado County (in the Sierra foothills between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe) has a number of slave emancipation documents. These documents date back before the Civil War, when a number of slave owners left the south with their slaves and headed for California. Their history has been erased, and all that remains are the emancipation papers, but when I was in 6th grade, I always thought slavery was confined to the south.

    I know Massachusetts has rich history with as one of the end points for the Underground Railroad, but if you are interested in what was happening in California, you might want to read about Biddy Mason – http://www.aaregistry.com/african_american_history/1075/From_slavery_to_entrepenur_Biddy_Mason___.

  2. Knoble said

    What a great podcast! It was very cool to hear people’s interesting stories! Can’t wait to hear the next podcast!

  3. Mack!! said

    My fellow classmates,
    I liked the way we all sounded. Aren’t you all glad Mr.Hodgson does so many cool projects with us?!
    Is everyone enjoying the book, The House of Dies Drear?
    Some parts of the book creeped me out!!!

    Your room 8 friend,
    Mack!!

  4. Tyler said

    The stories are nice in that they all make the same point, but differ from each person. I think you could have shown what the significance of the monkey wrench was.

  5. missy said

    i love the book The House of Dies Drear i think a lot of people would enjoy it seee ya!:-)

  6. erika said

    cool podcast, i really enjoyed the movie THE HOUSE of DIES DREAR.

  7. katalena@butler.com said

    What a great podcast! It was very cool to hear people’s interesting stories! Can’t ait to hear the next great podcasts!

  8. Ryan said

    Hey! This is Ryan. I like your podcast. In class, we watched a movie about The House of Dies Drear. Did you guys watch the movie?

  9. victor said

    waahh..ol of these are so beautiful

    xoxo
    riya09
    victor/iisam

  10. James said

    Wow! Amazing…Keep it up!…continue making this kind of projects…:D

    james (ii-sam, cn:1)

  11. rhett SAH claret school of Quezon City said

    Hello. Wow! I want you to know that it was an amazing podcast. Great job! Keep it up!!

  12. Dapa said

    Nice story!

  13. paolo said

    Hello!

    I would just like you to know that the story is great.
    The podcast is great too.
    I hope for you to keep it up.

    Paolo
    I-SLG

  14. Ivan Matala CSQC-1-SAH said

    HELLO TO ALL OF YOU

    ITS GREAT

    I WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU HAD DONE AN AMUSING JOB. MAY THIS PODCAST SERVED AS A WAY FOR ALL PEOPLE WILL GET TO BE IN TOUCHED

    IVAN MATALA
    1-SAH
    12
    CSQC
    PHILIPPINES

  15. Marc said

    nice story.!!
    keep up the good work guys

  16. raymond said

    WHAT A GREAT JOBTHEY HAVE DONE!
    IT IS SO EDUCATIONAL!
    What a great podcast! It was very cool to hear peopleโ€™s interesting stories! Canโ€™t ait to hear the next great podcasts!

    The stories are nice in that they all make the same point, but differ from each person. I think you could have shown what the significance of the monkey wrench was.

  17. racer 1sja said

    Hey! great podcast you’ve got there!
    I’ll be interested to read “the house of dries drear”. It would be great if I could relate more.

    racer
    03 1sja

  18. Mira said

    This is really interesting. ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. nadine said

    it is reallly good i like your voices they are very clearly!!:) well keep it up youthradio ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Laura said

    Hi guy I’m Laura and I’m from California it was a great story it was sad but very cool. Hope to hear more. Thank for sharing with me.

    LAURA

  21. Mira said

    This podcast is good, and I think my teacher will talk to us about the Underground Railroad. Keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Helen said

    Great job guys! It sounded as if you were really there, running from slave owners!

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