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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.
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.
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. 
Learners 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. Learners consider the impact of anti-slavery efforts in Boston and then trace Underground Railroad routes. 
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.
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.
Students 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. Students respond to the provided discussion questions and share their answers.
Young scholars research the historical context of the Fugitive Slave Bill and discover the impact of the Bill and its ramifications.
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. 
Middle schoolers 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. Middle schoolers complete worksheets and compare and contrast the movement of each pioneer group. Students explore the role of women traveling west as well. Middle schoolers create a poster.
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.
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.
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. To end the lesson, they identify the route of the Freedom Trail and role-play master and slave relationships.
Learners investigate the depositions of Sarah Crosswhite in relationship with the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 and 1850. In this slavery law lesson plan, 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.
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.
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.
Fourth graders explore the Underground Railroad. In this social studies lesson plan, 4th graders play the part of slaves and travel the "Underground Railroad" to freedom.
Students stand up for what is right. In this civil disobedience lesson, students research the American anti-slavery movement. Students discuss acts of philanthropy that took place prior to and during the Civil War.
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.
Students examine the Fugitive Slave Law as a motivating factor for slaves to emigrate outside the United States. After discussing the relationships between fugitive slaves and North American and Caribbean countries, they write essays comparing and contrasting the laws of two countries relating to fugitive slaves.

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