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Activity Overview

The book Elijah of Buxton transports you to the free settlement of Buxton, Canada, an end destination on the Underground Railroad for people escaping the horrors of slavery in America. Buxton is real and is on the list of National Historic places in Canada. Started in 1849, it grew to a population of about 2,000 with comfortable homes, farms, and even its own sawmill, brickyard, post office, hotel, and school.

This activity will allow students to imagine what it would be like to live in Buxton. Students will re-tell some of the events that occurred in the book. They could pick events like the Carnival coming, the gift of the Liberty Bell from Pittsburg, the arrival of the Taylor family, or even the treacherous swindle of Mr. Leroy by the Preacher. Students could also make up a story that they think might occur in Buxton and write about that.

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Objective: Create the front page of a newspaper called The Buxton News! Describe an event from Elijah of Buxton. You may also write about an event you imagine might happen in Buxton.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify an event from Elijah of Buxton or make one up.
  3. Write a captivating headline.
  4. Add appropriate characters, items, and scenes to create at least one appealing picture on the front page that helps illustrate your event.
  5. Write a description of the story in the text boxes.
  6. Save and exit when you're done.


  1. Headline
  2. Picture(s)
  3. Minimum one paragraph to describe the event

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.


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