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We have selected The Legend of Freedom Hill by Linda Jacobs Altman for our
One Book, One School program in February.  I am working on a list of lesson
plan ideas, websites and other resources for our teachers to use to
integrate this book across the curriculum.  All classroom and specialist
teachers will focus on this book for two weeks in February.  We will
culminate our event with a family night event - Journey to Freedom Hill -
during which all families will have an opportunity to tour the school and
see works produced by the students related to this book.


Summary: In the 1850s, during the time of the California Gold Rush, Rosabel
and Sophie become best friends because they are both outsiders. Rosabel is
African American and Sophie is Jewish. Rosabel has freedom papers, but her
mother, Miz Violet, is a runaway slave. They have escaped to California,
where slavery is against the law. But Miz Violet is not completely safe. The
Fugitive Slave Act allows runaway slaves to be captured and returned to
their owners.

When a slave catcher shows up and takes Miz Violet away, it is up to Rosabel
and Sophie to put their clever minds together and come up with a way to free
Miz Violet once and for all.

Using lively language that evokes the West of Gold Rush days, Linda Jacobs
Altman has crafted a heartwarming story of love, bravery, and friendship.


Themes: California Gold Rush, African American History, Interracial
Friendship, Jewish Interest, Bravery, Slavery, and Kindness/Giving.  


If you have any ideas, links or suggestions, please send them my way!  Thank
you for your help!



Mary Alice Hudson

Media Specialist

Cape Fear Elementary (3rd, 4th and 5th grades)

Rocky Point, NC

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