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  1. 1. Elijah of Buxtonby Christopher Paul Curtis<br />Plot Line to demonstrate comprehension of events in novel<br />Christy Meredith<br />
  2. 2. Information about Book<br /><ul><li>Published 2007
  3. 3. Newberry Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Schott King Award
  4. 4. 341 pages
  5. 5. I chose this book because I wanted to read a historical fiction book to learn about the Underground Railroad and slavery in the 1800s.</li></li></ul><li>Exposition<br />Characters: Elijah, Cooter, the Preacher, Ma & Pa, Mr. Leroy<br />Setting: Buxton, Canada (where everyone is FREE and equal)<br />Conflict (Problem): Elijah is a “fra-gile” eleven-year-old boy<br />
  6. 6. Rising Action<br />Elijah learns a lesson to treat his elders with respect after his ma pays him back on a practical joke – he pulls a snake out of a cookie jar and runs screaming through the woods, demonstrating how “fra-gile” he is<br />Readers learn that Elijah was the first freeborn black child (also learn he threw-up on Frederick Douglass)<br />
  7. 7. Rising Action 2<br />Elijah kills ten fish, but the Preacher takes four of them as tithing, tricking Elijah out of more than he was supposed to give<br />Elijah & Cooter learn about “Familiarity Breed Contempt” in school (but they thought they were going to learn about Family Breeding Contests)<br />
  8. 8. Rising Action 3<br />Elijah sneaks out to the carnival with the Preacher, saying he’ll do whatever he can for the community – Preacher almost tricks Elijah into becoming part of the carnival but changes his mind<br />Five runaway slaves show up in Buxton and Elijah & Cooter ring them in on the Liberty Bell<br />Mrs. Holton learns her husband died nearly a year ago via letter<br />
  9. 9. Rising Action 4<br />Mr. Leroy makes a sign in honor of Mrs. Holton’s husband with Elijah’s help – Mrs. Holton thanks Mr. Leroy by giving him $2200, enough to free his family out of slavery<br />The Preacher volunteers to go to Michigan to hire someone to buy Mr. Leroy’s family out of slavery<br />Pa & Mr. Leroy have Mr. Highgate go with the Preacher – Elijah trusts the Preacher<br />
  10. 10. Rising Action 5<br />Mr. Highgate returns, shot by the Preacher, who took all the money<br />Mr. Leroy kidnaps Elijah to go get the Preacher<br />
  11. 11. Climax<br />Elijah guides Mr. Leroy on their expedition to get the money back from the Preacher or kill the Preacher for what he did. Before they find the Preacher, Mr. Leroy dies of a possible heart attack. This is when Elijah is no longer the “fra-gile” child his mother called him, but a young man who takes care of the business he promised he would to Mr. Leroy.<br />
  12. 12. Falling Action<br />Elijah finds the Preacher, dead and hanging in a barn<br />Six runaway slaves are in the barn, chained up and dehydrated – Elijah quietly gets them water so as not to disturb the sleeping guard<br />Elijah tries to get help but is unsuccessful<br />
  13. 13. Resolution<br />Elijah takes the baby from Chloe, the woman tied up, and promises her that the baby will be well taken care of<br />Elijah heads home to Buxton with the baby, Hope (also know as Too-mah-ee-nee)<br />
  14. 14. Evaluation<br />Elijah of Buxton is a wonderful historical fiction novel to teach about the Underground Railroad and Buxton, Canada, where a colony of free black families lived. There were parts that were somewhat slow, which could have been removed from the book and nothing harmed. But several of the slower parts did a good job at building Elijah’s character, and taking him from a “fra-gile” boy to a responsible and respected young man. <br />I would recommend this book for anyone between the ages of ten and thirteen to learn about history through the tale of a fictional character. It teaches the reader about respect, about growing up, about friendship and family, and about achieving the goals that we set for ourselves and overcoming the difficulties that come with them.<br />
  15. 15. Requirements for presentation<br /><ul><li>Have image of novel
  16. 16. Title slide
  17. 17. Information about book slide with one sentence on why you chose the book
  18. 18. Individual slides devoted to each step in the plot line (slides can be repeated – for example, you can have more than one rising action if needed)
  19. 19. Evaluation slide</li></li></ul><li>Requirements for presentation<br /><ul><li>Have image of novel
  20. 20. Title slide
  21. 21. Information about book slide with one sentence on why you chose the book
  22. 22. Individual slides devoted to each step in the plot line (slides can be repeated – for example, you can have more than one rising action if needed)
  23. 23. Evaluation slide</li>

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