Lesson Plan


Includes early slavery in the U.S.
Gino G.
P.S. 48 Po Michael J Buczek (New York, NY)
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Students will be able to...determine the theme of a story from details in the text.


English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 5
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1 Hook

The Progress of a People


From Slavery to Freedom


Preview chapter 2 titled: Slavery.  Students should pay attention to visual elements.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Reading

First read of chapter 2.  Read aloud as students follow the reading.  Focus on the following questions:

  • What was the worst part about being an enslaved person?
  • Why did enslaved people sing songs while they worked?
  • What questions do you have?

Pages 15-18, why does the narrator quote Pap directly instead of summarizing what he said? (Craft and Structure)  


3 Guided Practice

Activity: Exploring

Graphic Organizer:  Main Idea and Key Details

Technology:  Use google document or a Padlock.

Pages 16-17.

  • Is the picture drawn realistically?  What effect does the style have?
  • Who appears in the picture?  What are they doing?
  • Besides the people, what other elements are in the picture?
  • How do the picture elements work together to create meaning?

Identify one possible theme for the text based on your analysis and post your theme on padlock (sentence strip)


4 Independent Practice

Activity: Exploring

`Analyze Visual Elements:  Choose one or two visuals from the text.  On a separate sheet of paper, write three paragraphs analyzing how the visuals contribute to the meaning, tone, and beauty of the text.  First, determine the text that relates to the visuals.  Consider how the visual emphasizes ideas or descriptive details in the text.  Then analyze the way the visual relates to the mood or tone of the text.  Finally, explain how the visual deepens your overal understanding of the text.



5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Conversing

Have students share independent practice work.