Journey Along the Underground Railroad
Language Arts -- Metaphors and Figurative Language
Students will be divided into groups of four. The group will decide who will be the spokesperson and who will be the recorder. Each group will be given a handout containing a Negro Spiritual. The group will then brainstorm, discuss, and make decisions about what hidden messages might be found within the lyrics to help runaway slaves.
As the group works to interpret the hidden messages within the lyrics, identify specific words or phrases then decide what those words or phrases might have meant to a runaway slave. The recorder will write the group decisions. There will be a transparency of each group's spiritual for the spokesperson. They will place the transparency of their spiritual on the overhead projector. Point to the specific lyrics when giving the group interpretation. Call on no more than three classmates to respond to whether metaphors and figurative language were identified and explained.
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