Calico Girl Themes

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

Calico Girl by Jerdine Nolen

Lesson Plans 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 different themes in Calico Girl by Jerdine Nolen

Storyboard Text

  • EDUCATION
  • What is a scholar?
  • I would love for you to be one of my scholars!
  • FREEDOM
  • Please be careful, Hampton.
  • COURAGE
  • Callie is a very bright girl who wants to learn. When she is able to go to school at Fort Monroe, she does all that she can to help and be with her teacher, Mrs. Peake.
  • Set in the 1860s when slavery still existed, freedom is the central theme of this novel. Hampton is a freedman, and he wants his family to be free as well.
  • I will be back soon. This could be our chance for freedom.
  • Hampton shows a great deal of courage when he saves a Union soldier from drowning, even though he knew it was risky.
  • Calico Girl Themes