Christianity and Slavery Teacher Resources
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Defining the Images of African American Slavery
Students view and analyze various artists' representations of slavery. They create their own illustrations of slavery.
Students read "Slavery's Past, Paved Over or Forgotten" from The New York Times and discuss as a class. This activity is the introduction for researching a topic on the history of slavery in the U.S. Student groups present their information at a teach-in.
Slavery's Opponents and Defenders
High schoolers identify influential opponents and defenders of American slavery and compare their respective biographies They explain the reasons given for and against the morality and legitimacy of slavery under the U.S. Constitution
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854: Popular Sovereignty and the Political Polarization over Slavery
Students read selections from the Declaration of Independence, Northwest Ordinance of 1787, and the Wilmot Proviso of 1846. They contrast the maps of 1820 and 1854 to analyze developments in the national debate over slavery. They debate the issues raised in speeches by Douglas and Lincoln.
Slavery's Opponents and Defenders
Students examine arguments in support of slavery. In this antebellum era lesson, students analyze primary and secondary source links to study the defenders of slavery and why slavery was legitimized in the U.S. Constitution. Students use their findings to participate in group discussion on the topic.
Abraham Lincoln, the 1860 Election, and the Future of the American Union and Slavery
Students examine Abraham Lincoln's political views about slavery. In this American Civil War lesson, students determine how Lincoln's beliefs led to the restriction of slavery in American territories. Student also analyze the party platforms presented in the election of 1860. Students complete activities where they analyze documents, correspondence, and speeches to better understand Lincoln's actions and the election.
Slavery: How did the Abolition Acts Affect the Slave Trade?
Students investigate the abolition of slavery by examining historical documents. In this U.S. history lesson, students view photographs of East African residents who were forced into slavery. Students write about the information they decipher in the photographs and historic court records.
Taking Up Arms and the Challenge of Slavery in the Revolutionary Era
Students examine a series of documents which discuss the contradiction in the Americans' rhetoric about slavery. They act as members of designated Committees of Correspondence in the five different colonies, communicating their reactions to documents and events.
From Courage to Freedom: Slavery's Dehumanizing Effects
Students analyze slavery and its effects on humanity using Frederick Douglass' autobiography. For this slavery lesson, students analyze instances of reality and romanticized myth using a slave narrative. Students explore Douglass' argument that slavery dehumanizes all involved. Students write a response paper for the rhetorical strategies against Douglass' position.
Slavery in the Constitution Lesson Plan
Students explore the history of the United States by researching slavery. In this U.S. Constitution instructional activity, students collaborate in small groups to complete a slavery grievance worksheet which deals with the opposing view to slavery. Students discuss the reasons slavery was left in the Constitution.
Culture and Food and Ritual, Oh My!
Here is a fantastic instructional activity that integrates the culture, food, and rituals of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The class discusses what they know about the holidays typically associated with each of the three religions, then they analyze and define food rituals. In small groups, they conduct research on one religious holiday and use their research to construct a menu, which will be used as the basis of large-group discussions on the similarities and differences in each religious holiday. A well-thought-out instructional activity that contains everything needed: videos, links, worksheets, vocabulary, and background information.
Abolitionists and Proponents of Slavery
Eleventh graders compare and contrast the visions of abolitionists and proponents of slavery. In this slavery instructional activity, 11th graders read primary documents representing both sides of the slavery issue and use graphic organizers to analyze the pieces. Students then compose essays that compare and contrast the views of slavery.
Our Side of the Story: African Americans Share Their Experiences of Slavery
Seventh graders listen to a variety of folktales sharing experiences of slavery. As a class, they compare and contrast reading a story and telling a story. They participate in a role play activity to discover the journey of a slave and reflect on the activity in their journal. After watching a video, they discuss how point of view influences ones view of history.
Comparisons, Redeeming Slavery, and Code words.
Students compare and contrast parallels between various aspects of slavery. In this anti-slavery lesson students examine types of slavery from the Holocaust to contemporary issues of slavery in the world today.
Looking at Human Struggle Through The Language Arts Curriculum: The Faces of Slavery
Sixth graders examine the use of slavery in the United States. Using a map, they draw the route of the Tecora and Amistad voyages. Individually, they write an essay describing their opinions on whether the Africans on the ships should be able to go free. They write a journal entry role-playing as someone on the ships and re-write one of the books in the form of a cartoon or children's book to end the lesson.
The Effects of Slavery
The emotional and spiritual oppression of slavery in the African-American experience is the focus of this lesson plan. Middle schoolers analyze various texts by Frederick Douglass and Maya Angelou related to freedom and oppression. They use textual evidence to write about slavery, oppression, compassion, and nonviolence. Additionally, they perform African-American spirituals and write reflectively for the lesson plan.
Religious Conflict on the Issue of Slavery/Abolition
Young scholars explore the history of America by discussing slavery and Christianity. In this organized religion lesson, students collaborate in small groups in order to analyze the book Slavery Attacked. Young scholars investigate the connection between Christianity and the end of slavery by writing a research paper.
Slavery in the United States
Young scholars investigate the personal accounts of slaves in the United States. They participate in various activities according to grade level to examine the role of slavery in the South.
Eighteenth-Century Slave Codes
Students explore slavery by reviewing the written laws intended to keep African Americans subservient. In this U.S. slavery lesson plan, students analyze a time-line of the history of African Americans. Students discuss the patterns of the time-line and how the legal codes restricted freedom of black men and women based upon their population.
Breaking the Chains, Rising Out of Circumstances
Students research slavery in ancient Rome and compare and contrast it to slavery in the United States. In this slavery lesson, students investigate the differences of slavery in different parts of the country, write a paper to report their findings, and create drawings that also depict the results of the research.