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The emotional and spiritual oppression of slavery in the African-American experience is the focus of this activity. 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 activity.
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.
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.
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.
Young scholars investigate the abolition of slavery by examining historical documents. In this U.S. history instructional activity, students view photographs of East African residents who were forced into slavery. Young scholars write about the information they decipher in the photographs and historic court records.
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.
Here is a fantastic lesson 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 lesson that contains everything needed: videos, links, worksheets, vocabulary, and background information.
Eleventh graders compare and contrast the visions of abolitionists and proponents of slavery. In this slavery 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.
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.
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.
Students 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. Students investigate the connection between Christianity and the end of slavery by writing a research paper.
Learners explore slavery by reviewing the written laws intended to keep African Americans subservient. In this U.S. slavery lesson, students analyze a time-line of the history of African Americans. Learners discuss the patterns of the time-line and how the legal codes restricted freedom of black men and women based upon their population.
Students research slavery in ancient Rome and compare and contrast it to slavery in the United States. For 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.
Learners study slavery from the perspctive of an American slave. In this Frederick Douglass lesson, students complete the suggested pre-reading and post-reading activities included for Douglass's autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself.