ELA 3: Booker T. Washington

Today's lesson is all about Booker T. Washington. Turns out Booker was willing to walk 500 miles to get to school. Not every day of course. That'd be a little strenuous. 

3rd GradeLanguage Arts
Elementary and Middle School3rd Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

00:25

Anyway, after Washington was granted his freedom – Score! - he started to work in the coal

00:30

mines during the day… and go to school in the evenings. [Washington in a classroom on an evening]

00:33

His love for learning continued to grow.

00:35

He was uber-hungry for knowledge.

00:37

And for biscuits and gravy, but who wouldn’t be? [Washington sat with a plate of biscuits and gravy]

00:39

Just look at that stuff…

00:40

Washington heard about the Hampton Institute and immediately knew he wanted to go there.

00:44

He left his home to attend the school, walking over 500 miles to get there. [Washington walking]

00:48

Not…every day, of course.

00:49

No matter what tall tale he told his grandkids…

00:52

Washington ran out of money on his way to the Institute…

00:55

…so he had to work and earn some cashola before he could attend. [Washington working in a fast-food store]

00:58

He finally had enough money saved up to get started at the school…

01:01

…but funds soon ran dry, and he had to begin working as a janitor to pay his way. [Washington mopping the floor in a school]

01:05

That’s one way to clean up your act.

01:06

Eventually, Washington graduated with honors, and became a teacher.

01:10

He founded the Tuskegee Institute, a black college in Alabama.

01:13

Washington worked hard during his life to fight for the rights of African Americans

01:17

and students just like him. [Washington giving a speech]

01:18

So that, today, they can dream a bit bigger than just…

01:20

...being able to write out a grocery shopping list… [Washington as a slave outside a mansion]