Elijah of Buxton Vocabulary

Elijah of Buxton Vocabulary
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Elijah of Buxton

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Lesson Plans by Liane Hicks

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis is an award winning historical fiction novel told from the perspective of 11-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first child to be born free in the settlement of Buxton in Canada. Buxton is a real place settled by African Americans who had escaped the horrors of enslavement in America. Elijah is seen by his family and friends as "fra-gile", however, when he embarks on a dangerous mission to help a friend, Elijah displays courage and fortitude beyond his years.


Elijah of Buxton

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Create a storyboard that illustrates and defines new vocabulary from the book Elijah of Buxton.

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  • CONJURE
  • PADDY ROLLERS
  • HAINT
  • (v.) call upon (a spirit or ghost) to appear, by means of a magic ritual.
  • (n.) Men who kidnapped enslaved people that had escaped. "Paddy rollers" made a business of capturing people and forcing them back into slavery for money. Derived from slave patrols traditionally known as patrollers, patterrollers, pattyrollers or paddy roller.
  • (n.) a type of ghost or evil spirit
  • VOCABULARY in ELIJAH OF BUXTON
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