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Mon, Apr 22



Book Club 8th - 9th grade: She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman

Book Club 8th - 9th grade:  She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman
Book Club 8th - 9th grade:  She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman

Time & Location

Apr 22, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT

Juergen's, 26026 Hempstead Rd, Cypress, TX 77429, USA


About the Event

Coordinator:  Lauren Duffy

Grades: 8th - 9th grades

Book: She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

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Book Description:

Harriet Tubman is best known as one of the most famous conductors on the Underground Railroad. As a leading abolitionist, her bravery and selflessness has inspired generations in the continuing struggle for civil rights. Now, National Book Award nominee Erica Armstrong Dunbar presents a fresh take on this American icon blending traditional biography, illustrations, photos, and engaging sidebars that illuminate the life of Tubman as never before.

Filled with rare outtakes of commentary, an expansive timeline of Tubman’s life, photos (both new and those in public domain), commissioned illustrations, and sections including “Harriet By the Numbers” (number of times she went back down south, approximately how many people she rescued, the bounty on her head) and “Harriet’s Homies” (those who supported her over the years), She Came to Slay is a stunning and powerful mix of pop culture and scholarship and proves that Harriet Tubman is well deserving of her permanent place in our nation’s history.

Disclaimers about book’s content:  This biography chronicles the upsetting struggles of slaves and those who worked to free them in the United States.

Discussion Topics: The Underground Railroad

Questions for students:

  1. What did you already know about Harriet Tubman before reading this book?
  2. The book discusses the multiple roles Harriet Tubman played in her life” a freedom fighter, a spy, a nurse, and a suffragist. Which role resonated with you the most and why?
  3. What did the author do as a biographer that you liked? Disliked? Is there anything you wish the author had included that she did not?
  4. What did you learn about the time history in which this biography is based that you did not already know? Discuss the time in history that each person in the group enjoys reading about the most, and why.
  5. Tubman’s faith and spiritual beliefs played a significant role in her life. How did the book explore her spirituality and its influence on her actions?
  6. How did the author weave historical connect and primary sources into the narrative to provide a full understanding of Tubman’s life and the times she lived in?
  7. If you could suggest a person for this biographer to write about next, who would you like it to be?
  8. The author emphasizes the importance of understanding Harriet Tubman as a multidimensional person rather than just a heroic figure. How did the book portray her vulnerabilities and struggles?
  9. The book delves into the complexities of Tubman’s personal relationships, including her marriages and connections with her family. How did these relationships shape her life’s choices and mission?
  10. If you had the opportunity to as the author, Erica Dunbar, a question about the book or her research process, what would it be?

Materials students need to bring:  Novel and pencils.

Activity, craft, or game: The students will play a BINGO game based on information from the book.


  • 8th- 9th grade




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