Having students choose a favorite quote or scene from the book allows them to express which parts of the story resonated with them on a personal level. In this way, students are making a text-to-self connection that demonstrates their understanding of the characters and their development or the themes of the novel. Students can share their storyboards afterwards and have a short discussion about what the quotes mean to them.
Some students may end up choosing the same quote, but have different perspectives. This is always interesting for students to see and can open up a discussion as to how not everyone can read the same lines in the same way based on their own perspectives and personal experiences.
"'Lijah, you got to learn to get control of you'self and quit being so fra-gile, sweetheart ... being fra-gile's the biggest bone Ma's got to pick with me." (p. 10)
"Most times she tried to encourage it by talking the subject near to death. And, doggone-it-all, learning a lesson that way just don't stick in your head." (p.11)
"Well, Elijah, seems to me what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander." (p. 20)
"I figured out that this chore fit right in with the Buxton Settlement Creed: 'One helping one to uplift all.' It's the way all us in the Settlement look out for one the 'nother. We don't expect nothing in return ... Good things always come from that." (p. 30)
"When I told Pa what got showed to the Preacher, he asked, How come Jesus only choose certain folk to talk di-rect to? And how come they's always the ones what ain't got nothing atall in common with the Bible?" (p. 41)
"You got to always keep in mind, Elijah, that I'm growned and you ain't. You got to always 'member that we gets 'long just fine but I ain't your friend. I cares 'bout you like you's my own boy, but you always got to give me my respect. You saying that word ain't showing no respect for me, it ain't showing no respect for your folks, it ain't showing no respect for you'self, and it ain't showing no respect for no one what's had that word spit on 'em whilst they's getting beat on like a animal." (p. 101)
"I asked the Preacher if you were still a slave if you didn't mind working for someone and didn't have nowhere else to go. Only thing he said was, "Yes, you're still a slave. But you're worse than a slave. You're an ignorant slave." (p. 148).
"Pardon me, sir. The child right? This here really Buxton?" "Morning. Yes, sir, it is, and y'all's really free!" "I know it ain't been easy but you found where you're supposed to be. You're home."(p. 160-161)
"Whenever new-free folks come to live in Buxton, we ring the bell twenty times for each one of 'em. Ten times to ring out their old lives and ten more to ring in their new ones, their free lives. Then, we ask the new-free folks to, one by one, climb the ladder of the steeple and rub the bell with their left hand. Most times when you're doing something important you're supposed to use your right hand, but we ask 'em to use their left hand 'cause it's closest to their hearts. " (p. 171)
"Ma said, "Well, the body don't never endure, do it? But I hopes ... naw, I knows that something inside all of us be so strong it cain't be stopped. It fly on forever." "(p. 199)
"'Twas two years afore they brung me to De-troit again, and I knowed when we was leaving in the wagon and I kissed my mama that I waren't never gonna see her again." (p. 211)
"For the love of my husband, John Holton, who passed on May 7th, 1859, but still lives. The body is not made to endure. There's something inside so strong it flies forever." (p. 221)
"Let this here be a lesson to you. You caint let your wantings blind you to what's the truth.You always got to look at things the way they is, not the way you wish'em to be."(p. 252)
"'Stead of this being your last night it turned to your first." (p. 335)
"Well, son, you done proved what you said afore. You proved that if you wants something horrible bad enough, sometimes dreams has a way of finding you. You done lift something heavier than any wagon of stones off my heart, Elijah of Buxton. Thank you." (p. 337)
"Looky there, look at that land! Look at those trees! Have you ever seen anything that precious? It's the land of the free! ... Today you're truly free, and you choosed the most beautifullest, most perfectest day for doing it!" (p. 341)
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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies your favorite quote or scene in Elijah of Buxton. Illustrate your quote and write what it means to you.
Requirements: Quote, Illustration, 1-2 sentences about what it means to you.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment IndividualCommon Core Standards