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Harriet Tubman

Conductor on the Underground


Railroad
Biography
 A biography is an account of a person’s life
as told by someone else. The writer, or
biographer, researches a subject by:
 interviewing the person and others who knew him
or her
 reading letters, diaries, and documents that refer to
the subject and his or her time
After researching, a biographer decides what
facts to include to present an accurate story of
the person that shows his or her strengths and
weaknesses.
Reading Journal Questions
1. Pg. 758 (“Moses is here. Moses has come.”) –
What feelings are the slaves expressing through
these quotations?
2. Pg. 759 (“She had never been to Canada…) –
What do you learn about Harriet Tubman in this
paragraph?
3. Pg. 759 (Then he shouted, “Too many, too
many.”) - Why does the farmer react this way?
Reading Journal Questions
1. Pg. 759 – Why does the writer use the word
passengers to describe the runaways?
2. Pg. 760 (She described the house where he
lived…) – Which information in these two
paragraphs is from Petry’s research and
which shows her own conclusions?
3. Pg. 761 (She carried a gun with her on
these trips.) – Why does Tubman use a gun
as a threat?
Reading Journal Questions
7. Pg. 762 (She said, “We got to go free or die.
And freedom’s not bought with dust.”) –
What does Tubman mean by this statement?
8 .Pg. 762 – What does the author convey about
Tubman’s character when the runaways do
not run leave Tubman when she falls asleep?
9. Pg. 762 – Why does William Still interview
the runaways?
Reading Journal Questions
1. Pg. 762 (“While I knew the danger…”) –
How do we know that this is a direct
quotation from William Still?
2. Pg. 764 (“On one occasion I had eleven
fugitives…) – What purpose does the
excerpt from Frederick Douglass’s
autobiography serve in this biography?
3. Pg. 764 – Summarize how the lives of the
ex-slaves changed when they settled in
Canada.