Lesson Plan

‘Henry ‘Box’ Brown: An Extraordinary Journey to Freedom’

A man (Henry Brown) emerging from a box as four other men lift the lid

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Literacy and Language Arts,Math,Social Studies
Lesson Duration:
90 Minutes
Thinking Skills:
Remembering: Recalling or recognizing information ideas, and principles. Understanding: Understand the main idea of material heard, viewed, or read. Interpret or summarize the ideas in own words. Applying: Apply an abstract idea in a concrete situation to solve a problem or relate it to a prior experience. Analyzing: Break down a concept or idea into parts and show the relationships among the parts. Creating: Bring together parts (elements, compounds) of knowledge to form a whole and build relationships for NEW situations. Evaluating: Make informed judgements about the value of ideas or materials. Use standards and criteria to support opinions and views.

Essential Question

"Was Henry Brown’s journey to seek his freedom worth the risk to his life?"

"What is Freedom?"


• Students will understand the difficulties experienced by those enslaved.

• Students will be able to explain why Henry Brown chose Philadelphia as his destination.

• Students will use, math, geography, and literature to further understand Henry Brown’s journey to freedom.


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Last updated: August 10, 2020