F.E.W. Harper: Uplifted from the Shadows

Young historians discover the life of an incredible African American woman who, as an anti-slavery lecturer prior to the Civil War, defied stereotypes of what women could accomplish. Pupils explore the concept of stereotyping, read informational texts and poetry on the life of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and watch a video of a dramatization of Harper's poem, "Learning to Read."

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • This resource provides an excellent opportunity for cross-curricular work. Whether you'd prefer to approach the topic from the perspective of a historical, character education, or poetry lesson, you can emphasize strategies particular to your choice
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should have an understanding of the traditional experiences of slavery, particularly those of women in slavery, prior to beginning this lesson. This will allow them to appreciate the novelty of Harper's story
Pros

  • All handouts, reading passages, and video links included
  • Engaging anticipatory activity
Cons

  • None
Common Core