• Show the way - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
  • ’Show Ways”, or quilts, once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves.
  • Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2005)
  • Tri-County Quilt Guild: Show Way

Show Way

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After my grandmother died and my daughter was born, I wanted to figure out a way to hold on to all the amazing history in our family. I wanted a Show Way for my own daughter.

After my grandmother died and my daughter was born, I wanted to figure out a way to hold on to all the amazing history in our family. I wanted a Show Way for my own daughter.

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Make Your Family Show Way
(for teaching about the Underground Railroad)

The function of the 'show way' was originally to help runaway slaves reach freedom in the North. Over time, the show way also became a thread that bound together members of this family---a knowledge of the struggles and challenges that were met and finally overcome, and a way that one generation can pass on something to strengthen the next generation as they face their own challenges.

Woodson's story is certainly a unique and powerful one, but each one of us has ancestors that have likewise met challenges and learned things throughout their lives that they would like to pass on to their posterity. Have your students make their own family 'Show Way' composed of the advice of their older family members--something that they can look to like the characters in this book looked to their family show way. Here's how to do it: