Below is a sneak peak of a substitute book or two for the Mother of Divine Grace history readings in the third grade syllabus. While the listed books are great choices, some may be expensive or even out of print. I am trying to save money by finding adequate substitutes at my local library.
No, you aren’t crazy. I am going back in time to deliver a history substitute to you. That is just how dedicated I am to my readers. The end of Alex’s third grade year is kind of a blur now, so I honestly can’t tell you if he even read this book. We just sort of stopped doing school in the middle of April. But since I already had this post ready to go, I figured I would release it onto the internet anyway, just in case someone out there is preparing your very own Mother of Divine Grace 3rd grade year. You’re welcome.
Week 31 of the syllabus assigns If You Traveled on The Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine as supplementary reading. My local library does not carry any of these If You… series of books.
In an earlier post about a Columbus substitute, I told you about David Adler’s biography series. He has one of those about Harriet Tubman, but I did not prefer it over Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman by Monica Kulling.
If I recall, Adler’s book included a picture of Harriet aiming a gun at another slave’s head to encourage him to keep moving. While it was a vivid example of the passion she held for helping people escape slavery, it just didn’t sit well with my sensibilities. I usually read these history books aloud during tea time with my preschoolers present.
Escape North! does plenty to illustrate the terrible conditions that Harriet was forced to endure as a child slave.
This is a Step Into Reading Grade 2-3 book. It is probably easy enough for an average to advanced third grader to read alone, but short enough to include as a one session read aloud with other children.
As always, feel free to comment with any other Harriet Tubman or underground railroad books that you have found and enjoy. I take a bit of a Charlotte Mason approach to history supplements and look for dialogue and a good story rather than a lot of facts and dates.
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