Activity Overview

As an alternative assignment to a short answer essay or as a supplementary activity, have students answer a question or prompt about Flight to Freedom and illustrate their answer using evidence from the text. This will provide students with a visual way to show how well they're understanding what they are reading!

The example prompt is, "What sacrifices did people make in order to make the Underground Railroad a success?"

Possible answers to the prompt include:

  • Runaways traveled through dangerous terrain in the middle of the night.

  • People who helped runaways were fined.

  • Agents had a ruse to avoid suspicion.

  • Farms were seized by the government.

Other prompts might include: "What risks were slaves willing to make to reach the North?" and "How did the Underground Railroad influence people and the future of the United States?"

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that answers the prompt using at least three examples from Flight to Freedom. Click on "Add / Delete Cells" to change the number of examples.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Type the question into the central black box.
  3. Think about examples from the text that support your answer.
  4. Type text evidence in the description boxes. Paraphrase or quote directly from the text.
  5. Illustrate each example using scenes, characters, items, etc.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/1] Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Text Evidence
Answer the given question using at least three examples from the text.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Support from Text
Examples chosen fully support the answer to the question.
Some of the examples answer the question correctly, but not all.
Most of the examples do not support the answer to the question.
Quote / Text
Evidence provided from the text is properly quoted or paraphrased.
There are some minor mistakes in the quote / description from text.
Quote or paraphrase is incomplete or confusing.
Illustration of Examples
Ideas are well organized. Images clearly illustrate the examples from the text.
Ideas are organized. Most images help to show the examples from the text.
Ideas are not well organized. Images are difficult to understand.

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