Ellen Craft's Escape from Slavery

From the Series History Speaks: Picture Books Plus Reader's Theater

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

In the 1840s, runaway slaves faced many dangers. They were often caught and sometimes killed. Ellen Craft and her husband William knew the risks. And they decided to take a chance.

Ellen and William had a daring plan to escape from slavery. Posing as a white man, Ellen hoped to travel north as William’s slave master. But the two had many states to cross. Would they reach freedom? Or would someone see through Ellen’s disguise?

In the back of this book, you’ll find a script and instructions for putting on a reader’s theater performance of this adventure. Download additional copies of the script plus sound effects, background images, and more ideas that will help make your reader’s theater performance a success through Lerner eSource.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2010-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.5
Text Type Fiction—Historical
BISACS JUV016200, JUV011010
Dewey 920.009296073
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 560
Guided Reading Level S
ATOS Reading Level 3.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 138681
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Pronunciation guide, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Cathy Moore

Illustrator: Mark Braught

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History Speaks: Picture Books Plus Reader's Theater

Bring to life important stories from U.S. history with the History Speaks: Picture Books Plus Reader’s Theater. These books bring together illustrated picture books with reader’s theater scripts for students to practice fluency. In the back of each book, you’ll… View available downloads →