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Investigate a real life historical controversy! It has become common knowledge that fugitive slaves outlined their routes to freedom in quilts using elaborate colors and patterns, but is it fact or folklore? After discussing terms like historical fiction. folklore, and, triangulation, your young historians are ready to examine primary and secondary sources in order to come to their own conclusion. Included here are two articles on the subject and a worksheet of questions to help your class focus their research. However, in order to complete this lesson plan as written, you will need to buy three additional texts.