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.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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.
3rd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History
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.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History
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.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History
The Underground Railroad Before and After the Fugitive Slave Law
Students consider the impact of the Fugitive Slave Law on the activity of the Underground Railroad. In this slavery lesson, students examine primary documents that describe the role of the Underground Railroad during the fight for abolition.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Underground Railroad and The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850
Students discover racism and slavery by completing a role playing activity. In 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.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
African-Americans in California's Heartland
Students 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. Students complete worksheets and compare and contrast the movement of each pioneer group.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
Imagine what it was like to be a slave in the United States in 1845. Eighth graders are given an opportunity to experience life from the point of view of Frederick Douglass as they read and discuss an annotated passage from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself.
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Underground Railroad Newspaper
Third graders write an Underground Railroad Newspaper. In this writing instructional activity students collaborate with their classmates to create an Underground Newspaper. Students each write a different portion of the paper: ads, feature articles, editorials, interviews, etc.
3rd English Language Arts
Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn
This resource is rich with primary and secondary source material regarding major events in the Atlantic world during the Age of Revolution. While there are suggested classroom activities toward the beginning of the resource, its true value lies in the reproductions of such major historical documents as the United States Declaration of Independence, the Haitian Declaration of Independence, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
To Secede or Not to Secede: Events Leading to the Civil War
Should a teacher be allowed to "secede" from a school with his/her class and start a new program within the school? This question will guide your young historians as they learn about the road to secession prior to the Civil War in the United States.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Jacob Lawrence's Freedom Trail
Young scholars 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.
9th - 11th Social Studies & History
The Election of 1860 & the Road to Disunion
From the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law and construction of a transcontinental railroad to the conflicts that arose as a result of the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Dred Scott decision, this video will take your young historians through the road to disunion and up to the start of the Civil War in the United States.
14 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Underground Railroad
Students explore the Underground Railroad routes. In this map skills and Civil War lesson, students use map and globe reading vocabulary and skills to track the routes the slaves followed from the Bahamas to the United States and from the south to the north during the 1800s.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History
Images of Slavery and the Underground Railroad
Pictures and photographs can help us foster greater connections and a deeper understanding of a historical time period. After closely analyzing several images that depict slavery and the Underground Railroad, your class will have the opportunity to then use their creative skills to write a narrative from the perspective of a historical character in the images.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
The Underground Railroad: Three Perspectives
Students use the map of The Underground Railroad on the slaveryinamerica.org web site and assume the role(s) of three different participants in the Underground Railroad: a runaway slave, a slave catcher, and an Underground Railroad station conductor.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History