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.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Newspaper PostersCommon Core Standards