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George Moses Horton

Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8
Subject Areas: Social Studies, Language Arts

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General Overview

George Moses Horton was a slave who composed poetry and sold his poems to university students.  His initial book was the first one published in the South by an African American. The sample acrostic was written by Horton and paid for by Sion Hart Rogers, UNC student in the 1840s, as a gift for Miss Mary E. V. Powell.

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activity 1

Time Required

45 minutes-1 class period (teacher’s discretion)

Materials

Supplementary images and newspaper articles
Internet access (optional)

Related Documents

George Moses Horton Worksheet (pdf)

State Standards

Grade 6  Language Arts: Goals 1.02, 2.01, 4.01, 5
Grade 7  Language Arts: Goals 1.02, 2.01, 4.01, 5
Grade 8  Language Arts: Goals 1.02, 2.01, 4.01, 5
               Social Studies: Goals 3.04, 4.04, 5.02, 5.05

 

Preparation

Students should read the acrostic, as well as the short biographical sketch of Horton. They may also visit http://www.chathamarts.org/horton/facts.htm

Instructions

Answer questions prompted by the instructor on content gained from visiting the website and reading the provided materials.

 

The following questions should provoke discussion:

  1. What was unique about George Moses Horton’s life?
  2. Why was it unusual for a slave to write and sell poems?
  3. Why did the UNC students purchase so many of Horton’s poems?
  4. What is an acrostic?

activity 2

Time Required

30 minutes (teacher’s discretion)

Materials

Internet access (optional)

Related Documents

George Moses Horton Worksheet (pdf)

State Standards

Grade 6  Language Arts: Goals 1.02, 5
Grade 7  Language Arts: Goals 1.02, 5
Grade 8  Language Arts: Goals 1.02, 5

 

Preparation

Students should refer back to Horton’s original acrostic as well as www.holycross.edu/departments/socant/dhummon/acrostics/acrostics.html, to see examples of acrostics written by other students.

Instructions

Students should create an acrostic with their own or someone else’s name.

 

The following questions should provoke discussion:
none

 

extension

  1. Students may investigate other slaves who did unusual jobs.
    Follow the link to our page on Millie-Christine, born slaves that did unusual jobs.

 

Last Updated July 31 2009