Follow the Drinking Gourd

When the Sun comes back
And the first quail calls
Follow the Drinking Gourd,
For the old man is a-waiting for to carry you to freedom
If you follow the Drinking Gourd

The riverbank makes a very good road.
The dead trees will show you the way.
Left foot, peg foot, travelling on,
Follow the Drinking Gourd.

The river ends between two hills
Follow the Drinking Gourd.
There’s another river on the other side
Follow the Drinking Gourd.

When the great big river meets the little river
Follow the Drinking Gourd.
For the old man is a-waiting for to carry to freedom
If you follow the Drinking Gourd.

Words and Questions

Read Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter
(See lesson plan here)

NASA Explanation of the song with geographic features

H.B. Parks explanation

Make list of geographic features

Make Google Earth tour of sites

Resources:

Webquest using 6 characters
Document set with 5 primary sources to analyze

Pathfinder