Literary Seminar: Underground to Canada, by Barbara Smucker

“There’s a place the slaves been whisperin’ around called Canada. The law don’t allow no slavery there. They say you follow the North Star, and when you step onto this land you are free…”


E1 students are currently reading the novel Underground to Canada, by Barbara Smucker. Students are given questions to guide their reading, and then are asked to generate questions of their own for class discussion. Thinking about and responding to interpretive questions allows students to read beyond the printed word and draw inferences. This is a novel which invites students to question and define moral values.