Calico Girl Challenges

Updated: 2/10/2021
Calico Girl Challenges
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Calico Girl by Jerdine Nolen

Calico Girl by Jerdine Nolen

Teacher Guide by Lauren Ayube

Callie Wilcomb is a 12 year old enslaved girl who lives in Virginia in the 1860s. At the time, Virginia no longer had to abide by the rules of slavery and there seemed to be hope for her family. When they learned of three enslaved people who escaped and found protection at Fort Monroe, a Union outpost not far from where they lived, Callie’s father decided it was time for his family to be free. With the Civil War going on all around them, Callie and her family make a risky yet life-changing decision to go after their freedom. Based on true accounts and real locations of the Civil War, Calico Girl is a poignant, hopeful, and sometimes heartbreaking story of one family’s journey to be free.


Calico Girl

Storyboard Description

Illustrate the different challenges that characters face in the novel Calico Girl

Storyboard Text

  • JOSEPH IS SOLD
  • ENSLAVEMENT
  • You're my property! You have to do what I tell you!
  • LITTLE CHARLIE DIES
  • Mister Henry had promised Hampton that because they are his blood, Charlie and Callie would never be sold. Joseph and Ruth did not fall under this promise, and the family was devastated when 15 year old Joseph was sold right in front of them in the farm yard.
  • Callie was born enslaved. She and her family long to be free, and none of them truly know what it like to make their own choices in life.
  • Little Charlie was sick for quite some time, but wasn't able to see a doctor until the family arrived at Fort Monroe. He died shortly after their arrival, and Callie, Hampton, and Ruth were completely devastated. Callie had a hard time getting out of bed for days.
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