Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 Teacher Resources
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Fugitive Slave Law Simulation
The Fugitive Slave Law is the focus of an activity that asks participants to examine primary source documents before assuming the role of historic figures, members of a mediation panel, or newspaper reporters. Clearly defined expectations for the actors, links to the readings, and writing assignments are included in the packet. A great way to bring the consequences of this controversial law to life.
The Underground Railroad and The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850
Students discover racism and slavery by completing a role playing activity. For this U.S. history lesson, students analyze documents from the Civil War era and describe the Fugitive Slave Law. Students view a video on YouTube about the Underground Railroad and write a diary entry through the eyes of a runaway slave.
Decision Making: Who Was Right?
Help your class explore the question "Is it ever right to disobey a law?" With a strong base of knowledge about the Civil War, anti-slavery movement, and Underground Railroad, your class explores civil disobedience in Marshall, Michigan in response to the Fugitive Slave Law. Resource suggests relevant historical fiction appropriate for fourth graders, along with recommendations for informational texts and websites. Dyads discuss the question. Whole group share completes the session.
Landmarks of the Underground Railroad
Students explore the impact of the Underground Railroad. In this slavery lesson, students read slave accounts and discuss the details of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. Students consider the impact of anti-slavery efforts in Boston and then trace Underground Railroad routes.
Decision-Making? Who Was Right?
Fourth graders investigate how the citizens of Marshall, Michigan disobeyed the Fugitive Slave Law. In this civil disobedience lesson, 4th graders take a side in the argument of whether the citizens of Marshall, Michigan disobeyed the Fugitive Slave Law when they helped slaves in the Underground Railroad. They listen to the each group's arguments and keep track of all points of view.
Running for Freedom: The FUgitive Slave law and the Coming of the Civil War
In order to understand the complicated nature of slave laws during the Civil War, learners compare and contrast an abolitionist poster and a runaway slave ad. They use an attached worksheet to consider each primary source document, then compose a written response that describes how people in the North and South resist slavery.
The Underground Railroad Before and After the Fugitive Slave Law
Young scholars consider the impact of the Fugitive Slave Law on the activity of the Underground Railroad. For this slavery lesson, students examine primary documents that describe the role of the Underground Railroad during the fight for abolition. Young scholars respond to the provided discussion questions and share their answers.
Chapter 16: Slavery Divides a Nation
The road to war is never easily understood and needs to be prefaced with a look at all the issues involved. Prepare your learners for a unit on the Civil War with an in-depth look at the policies, politics, and state vs. state arguments that started the American Civil War. Slavery laws, court cases, political debates, and legislature are all discussed.
Fugitive Slave Law Simulation
Students research the historical context of the Fugitive Slave Bill and discover the impact of the Bill and its ramifications.
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.
African-Americans in California's Heartland
Learners read and view video about the pioneers moving west. In this African American pioneer lesson, students become familiar with the problems faced by the pioneers and African-American pioneers. Learners complete worksheets and compare and contrast the movement of each pioneer group. Students explore the role of women traveling west as well. Learners create a poster.
Decision- Making Who was Right?
Students prepare arguments to answer the question, "Is it ever right to disobey a law." In this civil disobedience lesson, students work in groups to analyze why their positions are right. Students present their arguments to parents and classmates. Students create a paired viewpoint.
Who was Right?
Students reflect upon key issues of human kindness before and during the Civil War. In this Civil War lesson, students read and research debatable issues for presentation in class.
Jacob Lawrence's Freedom Trail
Students read excerpts of autobiographies from Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. After listening to excerpts of an oral reading of Frederick Douglass' book, they discuss the ways African Americans were treated on plantations. Individually, they compare and contrast their own lives to Douglass and view slides of Lawrence's paintings. To end the lesson, they identify the route of the Freedom Trail and role-play master and slave relationships.
Many Sides of the Law
Students investigate the depositions of Sarah Crosswhite in relationship with the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 and 1850. In this slavery law lesson, students primary source documents associated with Sarah Crosswhite's depositions, determine how state and Federal can differ, and complete writing assignments based on the sheltering of slaves.
The Civil War 1850–1865
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the American Civil War. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Living Under the Illinois Black Codes
Students use the text of the Illinois Black Codes to examine the laws in place. Using this information, they draw their own conclusions about why the laws existed in a free state. They also identify the purpose of these laws and how they affected people living in the North.
Underground Railroad Simulation
Fourth graders explore the Underground Railroad. In this social studies lesson, 4th graders play the part of slaves and travel the "Underground Railroad" to freedom.
Decision-Making: Who Was Right?
Young scholars stand up for what is right. In this civil disobedience lesson, students research the American anti-slavery movement. Young scholars discuss acts of philanthropy that took place prior to and during the Civil War.
I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends
Eleventh graders "walk a mile" in a person's shoes who had a role in the Underground Railroad and examine the risks and complications of the Underground Railroad.