A VOICE OF HER OWN: the story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet by Kathryn Lasky is a picture book biography of
Phyllis Wheatley that would be good for grades 3-5.
It has more information than the shorter picture book biographies which is important for school projects.
Take this sample which brings the reader into the mindset of a slave.
“At first there was just blackness….. Then the blackness dissolved into darkness, and the world in the creaking hold of the slave ship slid with shadows.”
Teachers, here are possible school assignments for Black History Month.
Have your students write a play about how a slave would feel on one of these ships .What smells would they encounter? What sounds? What would it feel like to be chained up?
Have your students write poems with Phillis Wheatley as a subject. Examples: What was life like for a slave at that time? What was travel like?
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