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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.
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.
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.
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 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. High schoolers 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.
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.
Eighth graders research the Underground Railroad. In this Civil Freedoms lesson plan, 8th graders view a documentary, research a historical person, and write a position paper. This is an 5 day lesson plan which includes differentiated instruction, extensions, and interdisciplinary connections.
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.
Tenth graders investigate the Abolitionist Movement in the United States. In this 19th century American lesson, 10th graders research Frederick Douglas, William Lloyd Garrison, and Sojourner Truth and their efforts to end slavery. Students then deliver speeches in the personas of the abolitionists they studied.
Students view numerous artifacts from the life of Frederick Douglass. Using the objects, they discover the many parts of his life and develop a hypothesis about the significance of the objects in his life. They identify the relationship between the Civil Rights movement and activism in Douglass' time period.