Historical Re-enactment: Harriet Tubman Answers Student Questions
Grades: 3 - 8

Video Description: Glynis Brooks, in the persona of Harriet Tubman, answers student questions about the life of this American hero.  Questions include: Were you born into slavery? Where did you live as a slave? How did the Underground Railroad operate? How could you be sure you were working with friendly people? Did you actually lead soldiers in a Civil War battle? After the Civil War was over, how did your life change?

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: DUS History-203**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the videos as part of your study of slavery and the Civil War as students learn about Harriet Tubman and others involved.
  • Use the video as part of a “Wax Museum” or other historic re-enactment activity so students can view a re-enactment performance to see what they will be doing.
  • Have students determine additional questions they’d like to ask Harriet Tubman if they could. Then have them engage in the research to see what answers they can find. Consider a scavenger hunt approach to this activity.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.