Click on the image below to navigate to Scholastic's interactive website called, "The Underground Railroad; Escape from Slavery." You will need to click on the Begin the Journey arrow to start. Make sure you click on each sound icon and read along as each section is read aloud to you.
Interactive Map Click on the image to the right to navigate to Scholastic's Interactive On-line map. Make sure to click on each symbol to learn more differences between the Union and the Confederacy!
These are the most commonly used code words and their meanings:
Agent- Coordinator, who plotted courses of escape and made contacts.
Baggage- Fugitive slaves carried by Underground Railroad workers.
Bundles of wood- Fugitives that were expected.
Canaan Canada - Conductor Person who directly transported slaves
Drinking Gourd- Big Dipper and the North Star
Flying bondsmen- The number of escaping slaves
Forwarding- Taking slaves from station to station
Freedom train- The Underground Railroad
French leave- Sudden departure
Gospel train- The Underground Railroad
Heaven- Canada, freedom
Stockholder- Those who donated money, food, clothing.
Load of potatoes- Escaping slaves hidden under farm produce in a wagon
Moses- Harriet Tubman, Operator, Person who helped freedom seekers as a conductor or agent
Parcel- Fugitives that were expected
Patter roller- Bounty hunter hired to capture slaves
Preachers- Leaders of and spokespersons for the Underground Railroad
Promised Land- Canada, River Jordan, Ohio River
Shepherds- People who encouraged slaves to escape and escorted them
Station- Place of safety and temporary refuge, a safe house
Secret Letter Writing Click on the image to the left to navigate to a Scholastic Interactive On-Line Activity to Write a Secret Letter just like an agent of the Underground Railroad would have!
Keyboarding Challenge: Can you accurately type a copy of the script below in Microsoft Word using proper keyboarding techniques? To make viewing the document easier, you can download the PDF version (see below the preview), print it out, and set it at your work station to look at. Remember, use your SpeedSkin keyboard covers!