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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.
Students explore the Underground Railroad routes. In this map skills and Civil War lesson plan, 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.
Young scholars 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.
Young scholars navigate the Scholastic Underground Railroad site and listen to journey of the Underground railroad.  In this Underground Railroad lesson, students use maps and compare and contrast the differences between the North and South before the Civil War.
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.
Eighth graders experience a virtual journey through the Underground Railroad. They examine the history of slavery in the United States and those who participated in the abolition movement. They complete handouts.
Students discuss how slaves fought against their situation and how did they escape. They discover what the Underground Railroad was and how it slaves used it to reach freedom. They then play a game focusing on the Underground Railroad in Delaware.
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.
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. 
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.
Students explore the underground railroad, abolition and slavery then each student designs a quilt square on paper to construct a class quilt that communicates a hidden message to railroad passengers.
Learners watch a film about slavery. Students view a PowerPoint about the Underground Railroad and use various resources to make a timeline for the topic. Learners research a historical figure from the Underground Railroad era and give a presentation to their class for the topic. Students work in groups to map a course for slaves to escape.
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 activity more relevant to your learners, consider having them research whether or not there was any involvement in the Underground Railroad in your specific area. 
Young scholars review the topic of slavery in the 1860's and how it was a key issue during the Civil War. They discuss significant people involved with slavery including Harriet Tubman and the challenges they faced. They read various texts to review the routes of the Underground Railroad and the stations along the Railroad.
Students examine the use of the Underground Railroad. In this Underground Railroad instructional activity, students determine the meaning of the word slavery. They study the Underground Railroad through the use of literature and Internet websites. They read Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter along with watching "Reading Rainbow" episodes on the subject. They complete associated activities.
Students examine the work of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. In this Social Studies lesson, students use a true/false handout and worksheet to explore an Internet site about the Underground Railroad and its heroes. Students complete the lesson by reading excerpts from the "Story of Tom Stowe."
Students develop computer research skills while searching facts about Harriet Tubman. Students learn about ways in which Harriet Tubman's childhood influenced her future. Students learn to use primary documents to learn about the Underground Railroad.
Ninth graders explore the impact of the Underground Railroad. In this slavery lesson, 9th graders read about the Shadrach Minkins case and discuss the details of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Students consider how the Underground Railroad was organized and the impact it had.
Students examine Harriet Tubman's contribution to the Underground Railroad. They read and discuss an excerpt from the book "The Tamarack Tree," listen to the CD for the book "Follow the Drinking Gourd," and write a journal response from the point of view of an escaped slave.
Fourth graders read about Harriet Tubman and develop vocabulary lists.  In this Underground Railroad lesson, 4th graders find similarities and differences in primary and secondary sources, create a timeline and recognize important people in the underground railroad movement.

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