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Build a historical perspective from four different points of view. Young historians take on the role of a slave-owning white person, non-slave owning white person, slave, or free African-American person and imagine what life would be like based on their reading. They each write a reaction to the seven Colonial New York Slave Codes from the perspective they chose. The lesson concludes with a class discussion that is sure to be engaging.
Look critically at the slave laws instated in Colonial New York. Your class examines primary source documents, slave laws, a narrative account from a slave's perspective, and Slave Codes. They write diary or journal entries in response to the codes from the perspective of either a slave or a slave owner.
Fifth graders utilize the slave code documentation to comprehend the similarities and differences of the lives of slaves during slavery. They compare and contrast the life of a northern slave to a southern slave, and describe laws relating to slaves.
Learners determine the factors that were considered when purchasing slaves at market or through the purchase of an estate. They examine the Arkansas Slave Code and share its content through a group activity.
Students explore the concept of slavery. In this primary research lesson, students read the Alabama Slave Code of 1833 and discuss its implications. Students also examine emancipation-related documents and respond to questions regarding the documents.
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.
Test, quiz, or just remind your class on what they know about slavery during the 1800s. They'll answer nine questions regarding slave codes, plantation crops, and the Underground Railroad. The presentation is formated as a Hollywood Squares-style game.
Fourth graders learn about a slavery rebellion.  In this slavery activity, 4th graders work in groups to review different non-violent ways enslaved Africans protested slavery.  Students learn about the Stono Rebellion, read a letter detailing the accounts of the rebellion, and review the new slave codes.
Sixth graders explore the history of racism by analyzing legal documents. In this slavery lesson, 6th graders collaborate in small groups to read the Alabama Slavery Codes from the 1800's and discuss their relevance to today's society. Students utilize the web to research slavery further and complete a worksheet.
Eleventh graders complete a unit of lessons on the U.S. Civil War. They write journal entries, watch and discuss a video, read and discuss articles and books, conduct a debate, write essays, and write a song based on slave treatment or Civil War heroes.
Sixth graders debate their reactions to two different historical documents about managing a society.  In this U.S. history lesson plan, 6th graders read two articles on codes and laws from different time periods and debate their thoughts.  
Students examine the labor needs in colonial America. Using primary and secondary resources, they explore the major events and life in the United States during colonial times. They complete a chart listing the pros and cons of a slave during this time period.
Preview or review 20 terms associated with slavery in the American South. Each slide provides a single term, name, or concept along with a simple definition. Tip: Use before a lesson on Harriet Tubman, The Underground Railroad, or the Civil War.
Showcase the religion, conflicts, daily life, and politics of Colonial North America. A very well-done presentation highlights all the major colonial groups, social norms, demographics, and political struggles of the time. Perfect for an independent work station, and great for note taking or for added interest during lecture.
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.
Students examine and draw conclusions from an excerpt from a slave narrative. They analyze excerpts from two recently discovered slave narratives. They draw connections among the narrative excerpts and historical texts by investigating some of the themes. Finally they reflect on their own places in the histories of their families or communities for readers in the next century.
Fourth graders write about slavery and freedom.  In this freed slaves lesson, 4th graders read historical information about free blacks during slavery and explore books, objects and slave narratives to learn more.  Students write a story, essay or poem related to what they learned.
Learners determine location by using longitude and latitude. They measure to the minute longitude and latitude of a place and select a body of land and determine its location. They approximate time zones by using every 15 degrees of longitudinal change to represent 1 hr.
Students discuss the Atlantic slave trade and the facts about the St. John revolt.  In this investigative lesson students write a personal account of a person involved in the revolt. 
Students investigate the Atlantic slave trade. In this slavery lesson, students watch "Slavery, Society, and Apartheid," as well as "Slave Ship." Students discuss the information presented in the videos, especially St. John's Revolt. Students write creative pieces from the perspectives of those involved in the revolt.

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