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This is a one-day activity to explore the Underground Railroad and its impact on Canadian immigration. Class members explore the government's immigration policies in the past and present. It requires viewing a short video clip and responding to a series of discussion questions. There is no formal assessment.
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.
What role did Buffalo, New York play in the Underground Railroad? Young historians investigate the Underground Railroad ties to Buffalo and western New York. They create a web site or multimedia presentation based on the research. If you're outside of New York and looking for a way to make this lesson more relevant to your learners, consider having them research whether or not there was any involvement in the Underground Railroad in your specific area.
Students complete activities to study potential maps of the Underground Railroad. In this Underground Railroad lesson, students watch a video about map collector Anne Zorela's Underground Railroad map. Students complete a graphic organizer to determine the validity of the map and outline the points of disagreement made by history detective Gwendolyn Wright. Students state why they agree or disagree with Anne's conclusion.
Third graders examine the role of women and the Underground Railroad. In this Underground Railroad lesson, 3rd graders research and discuss viewpoints on helping runaway slaves. Students discuss famous persons such as Harriet Tubman, Levi and Catharine Coffin, read bibliographical accounts, and complete a variety of activities.
Third graders discover racism in our country by investigating the Internet. In this abolitionist movement lesson, 3rd graders define the Underground Railroad and participate in an activity by logging on to an on-line History website. Students view photographs and read text about the Underground Railroad before writing an informational brochure.
First graders read a book about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. In this underground railroad lesson, 1st graders learn songs and code words that the slaves used to communicate with one another. Students discuss how all people should be treated, as well as how they feel Harriet Tubman worked to free the slaves.
Fourth graders read about Harriet Tubman and develop vocabulary lists. In this Underground Railroad lesson plan, 4th graders find similarities and differences in primary and secondary sources, create a timeline and recognize important people in the underground railroad movement.
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.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this Underground Railroad lesson, students examine the attributes and function of the Underground Railroad in order to design a memorial that commemorates the abolitionists who built it.
Students learn about the Underground Railroad. In this Civil War and slavery lesson, students discuss how successful slaves would be moving around at night, learn the secret vocabulary used for escape routes and review background about the Civil War and slavery. Students read If You Traveled the Underground Railroad and work in groups to reenact escaping to freedom.
Eighth graders research the Underground Railroad. In this Civil Freedoms lesson, 8th graders view a documentary, research a historical person, and write a position paper. This is an 5 day lesson which includes differentiated instruction, extensions, and interdisciplinary connections.