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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, 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.
High schoolers 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 plan, students explore the Transcendentalist involvement in the abolitionist movement, relating Louisa May Alcott's upbringing to her social and political views. High schoolers also discover links between Louisa May Alcott and other literary giants of the period.
Students 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 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.
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.