Abolitionist Movement Teacher Resources
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Eighth graders view a documentary highlighting the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. They are given the worksheet called Timeline Dates, 8th graders use the dates to construct a timeline. Pupils research a person from the abolitionist movement, they create a poster highlighting the person.
Sixth graders investigate the Civil War by identifying famous figures of the era. In this slavery abolitionist lesson plan, 6th graders read a text on the history of the Civil War and discuss heroes of the era such as Harriet Tubman and John Brown. Students define the Underground Railroad and write a letter while role-playing as a citizen of the South.
Students examine the Abolitionist Movement in Delaware. In groups, they examine a petition presented to the general assembly and an anti-slavery broadside. They compare and contrast the two documents and develop their own broadside to share with the class.
Students analyze the methods and goals of the Abolitionists. Using primary source documents, they compare and contrast the supporters and opponents of the movement. They also evaluate the extent to which the military helped or hurt the cause.
Eleventh graders analyze the methods and goals of the Abolitionists in their crusade against slavery. In this American History lesson, 11th graders compare and contrast opinions of supporters and opponents of abolitionism. Students evaluate the extent to which militancy helped or hindered the abolitionist cause.
Learners work in groups of two and review the Abolitionist Movement. They observe the manumission/city directory and discover what it is and why it is so important. They read the manumission aloud and discuss why they were freeing their slaves and if they thought the pressure of the Quakers and other religious groups had an effect on the slaveowners.
Students analyze John Brown's attitudes and actions against slavery and the differences between his views and those of other people who were active in the abolitionist movement. They write journal entries from an abolitionist point of view.
Students research the abolitionist movement in the United States. In this abolition lesson, students examine images and photographs from the Library of Congress website. Students write persuasive pieces on the topic.
Students explore the issues of American slavery, the abolitionist movements, and the pursuit of freedom that is found in art, literature, and music from that period in American history. Students determine the major personalities that were involved. Students create a presentation.
The Solomon Northrup Narrative provides class members a chance to investigate plantation life from the point of view of a slave. A provided guided-reading worksheet encourages readers to think deeply about the institution of slavery, the daily life of a slave, and the abolitionist movement as they read the story of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Links to Northrup’s story and other slave narratives are provided.
This comprehensive resource for teaching about the abolitionist movement will make your life easier and benefit your class. It includes standards, essential questions, necessary materials, background activity, the main activity, and final project. Ultimately, individuals or pairs of students will make a "digital picture frame," which is a three-to-five minute scene depicting the life of their chosen abolitionist.
A gold mine for American history teachers, this presentation cascades through the middle of the 19th century with the central themes of moral and social reform. Between the blossoming Mormon church, the tightening of the Temperance Movement, the uprising of Women's Rights, and the downfall of American slavery, this period in history is full of the moments that would later define the world in which your students currently reside.
Third graders discover racism in our country by investigating the Internet. In this abolitionist movement lesson, 3rd graders define the Underground Railroad and participate in an activity by logging on to an on-line History website. Students view photographs and read text about the Underground Railroad before writing an informational brochure.
Eighth graders research the Underground Railroad. In this Civil Freedoms lesson, 8th graders view a documentary, research a historical person, and write a position paper. This is an 5 day lesson which includes differentiated instruction, extensions, and interdisciplinary connections.
Eleventh graders examine the impact of Abolitionist leaders on sectionalism. In small groups, they conduct research on a famous abolitionist, and develop and write a newspaper cover page based on their assigned abolitionist.
Students explain the goals and methods of the abolitionist movement. They identify key leaders in the movement. This instructional activity has adaptations for elementary through high school. Links are provided for resource readings.
Students study the controversy surrounding the proposed Frederick Douglass Circle monument in Central Park. They review the notion of historical inaccuracy by reading and discussing the article, "In Douglass Tribute, Slave Folklore and Fact Collide." Students research and create their own alternative design proposals for the Frederick Douglass monument. Finally they write the text for informative plaques to accompany their monuments.
Students use a primary source to investigate plantation life from a slave's perspective. This first-hand account of a slave's experience should foster discussions about the slave trade and abolitionist movement within the United States in the 1800s.
Students research the people and events involved in the abolitionist movement prior to the U.S. Civil War. They read about and discuss the roles of Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, and John Brown. Students complete a word splash, Venn Diagram, and an Underground Railroad picture map.
Students discuss the life of Louisa May Alcott and create an outline of a biography of her life and times. In this Louisa May Alcott lesson, students explore the Transcendentalist involvement in the abolitionist movement, relating Louisa May Alcott's upbringing to her social and political views. Students also discover links between Louisa May Alcott and other literary giants of the period.