1. Go to: http://pathways.thinkport.org/secrets/
On this website click on the “Language of Quilts” tab and read about the importance of quilts during slavery and their use in the Underground Railroad.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE SECRET SYSTEM THAT HELPED THEM ESCAPE?
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN BRAVE ENOUGH TO TRY AND TRAVEL TO FREEDOM?
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>WHAT IMAGES DO YOU SEE IN YOUR MIND WHEN YOU THINK OF SLAVERY, PEOPLE ESCAPING SLAVERY, OR THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IN GENERAL?
This is your brainstorming/prewriting stage.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Make sure you follow the directions carefully.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Be sure to describe your quilt block and fill in your name before printing.
5. Write a paragraph describing your quilt. Consider the following questions for your paragraph:
***ATTACH YOUR PREWRITING WITH PARAGRAPH
SEE GRADING RUBRIC
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Is my paragraph easy to read? Do my sentences begin in different ways? Did I use some long sand some short sentences? Does my paper sound smooth as I read it aloud?
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Does my beginning hook my reader? Is my paper easy to follow? Did I choose the best way to organize my story? Do my ideas link to the main message? Do I have a strong conclusion that wraps up the paragraph?
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Can the reader tell I am enthusiastic about my topic? Does this writing sound like me? How do I want my readers to feel? Will my paragraph hold readers’ attention? Will they want to hear more?
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Have I used some strong verbs or colorful phrases that grab my reader? Have I chosen the most precise word? Have I used any unique words? Did I repeat common words too many times?
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>What is my message and is it focused and clear? Did I include important details relevant to my topic? Did the reader learn something new? Is my paper interesting and easy to understand?
Did I leave spaces between words and sentences? Did I use a title? Did I use correct punctuation? Did I use capital letters in the right places? Have I proofread for correct spelling and grammar?