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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.
What would it have been like to have heard the debate on the issue of slavery at the Constitutional Convention of 1787? With this resource, you are given the opportunity to read through a reconstruction of speeches on the topic with your class. After assigning your class members roles in the debate, read through the transcript together and ask guiding questions along the way to clarify the different arguments that are being raised.
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.
Fifth graders closely examine the effects of slavery on American society giving special emphasis to the issue of social injustice, the life of Harriet Tubman, the underground railroad and the achievements of Abraham Lincoln during this month long unit. Students conduct research, write fictional accounts of historical events, recreate an underground railroad at their school and participate in role playing activities.
Sixth graders explore the history of racism by analyzing legal documents. In this slavery lesson plan, 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.
Students examine the context of a speech delivered by Barack Obama. In this African-American history instructional activity, students discuss the 15th Amendment and the American Civil Rights Movement prior to analyzing Barack Obama's speech "A More Perfect Union." Students compose essays that note how African-Americans have made contributions to the United States.
Learners discover the history of the United States by examining the Great Migration. For this U.S. History lesson, students research the immigration movement on the Internet and complete a worksheet about the large population shift. Learners investigate artifacts of the period and discuss what they are and how they were once useful.