The Slave Dancer
by Paula Fox. Paula Fox
Activities 2002 Nancy Polette

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ABOUT THE BOOK
While walking home late one night through the French Quarter in New Orleans, Jessie Bollier is kidnapped by two crew members of The Moonlight. He is wrapped in a canvas cloth and forced to walk across a bayou, all the while afraid that a cottonmouth snake is going to attack him. His captors force him onto the ship because they want him to play the fife for Captain Cawthorne. Thinking that he has been abducted to entertain the crew members, Jessie is shocked to learn he will be playing his fife to "dance the slaves." The slaves are being illegally transported from Africa to Cuba aboard The Moonlight. During the journey, Jessie befriends a young slave boy named Ras. While trying to escape an American patrol ship during a violent storm, everyone on board dies except for two people. To find out who survives and what happens to them, read The Slave Dancer .
ACTIVITY:
Take a virtual tour of the Underground Railroad on the Internet at:
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/99/railroad/

Choose one of these people you will meet on the tour and use the patterns that follow to write about them.


Harriet Tubman
Thomas Garrett
William Still
Frederick Douglas
Susan B. Anthony

If I were _______________________________________________________
I would________________________________________________________
And __________________________________________________________
But I wouldn't ___________________________________________________
Because __________________________________ did that.
If I were _______________________________________________________
I would________________________________________________________
And ___________________________________________________________
But I wouldn't ___________________________________________________
Because __________________________________ did that.
A HARRIET TUBMAN QUIZ

Answer each statement yes or no. Guess if you do not know. Then read about Harriet Tubman or check out one of the books listed below to support or deny your guesses.
HARRIET TUBMAN

1._____ Harriet Tubman was born a slave.
2._____ Her husband threatened to report her attempts to escape.
3._____ After escaping slavery she returned to the South to help others.
4._____ She helped more than 300 slaves escape to freecom.
5._____ A bounty of $40,000 was placed on her head.
6._____ She served the Union forces as a nurse, soldier, spy and scout.
7._____ She received a medal for her work from Queen Victoria.
8._____ She used heer $20.00 a month pension to fund a place for the aged and needy.

BOOKS

To Be A Slave by Julius Lester, Dial 1968
All Times, All Peoples: A Word History of Slavery by Milton Meltzer, Harper & Row, 1980