James Forten

Genre: Biography

Big Idea
  • History is made by individuals.

Essential Question
  • What events led James Forten to fight for freedom?

Target Vocabulary
  1. persuade - to convince someone to do something
  2. apprentice - someone who works with a master craftsman to learn a trade
  3. contributions - improvements or aids toward bringing something about
  4. influential - having the power to make other people do things
  5. aspects - different views that show the parts of a whole
  6. authorities - people, such as government officials, who have the power to enforce laws or command obedience
  7. bondage - bound to work against your will; in slavery
  8. provisions - food and supplies that help you survive
  9. dexterity - flexibility and skillful movement
  10. tentative - uncertain

Quizlet Vocabulary Practice

Vocabulary Strategies
  • Greek and Latin Roots- a word root is part of a word that has meaning but cannot always stand alone. Greek and Latin word roots form the bases of many words in the English language. Word roots can be combined with affixes or other word roots to form words: graph means "write," and an autograph is a written signature; metermeans "measure," and a thermometer measures temperature; port means "carry," and transport means to carry across a distance; ject means "throw," and eject means to throw out. Reading a word in its context is necessary when a word has more than one meaning. Words and sentences around a word that give readers clues to its meaning is context.


Target Skill
  • Sequence of Events - the order in which events take place. Using the sequence of events to summarize will help understand informational text. Authors may organize their information and ideas in chronological order, or time sequence. When signal words such as first, then and finally are not used, it is up to readers to infer sequence. A Flow Chart will help organize events in order.

Target Strategy
  • Summarize - to briefly restate important parts of a text in your own words. You can summarize paragraphs as you write events into a Flow Chart.

  • Active Voice and Passive Voice - tells what the subject does and tells what was done to the subject. Passive verbs usually include a form of be as a helping verb. Writing in the active voice is more direct and often move lively. Writers often revise sentences to change the passive voice to active voice. Not all passive voice sentences can, or should, be changed.

Author’s Craft: Foreshadowing Foreshadowing: hints about what might happen later in the story