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The Underground Railroad: Three Perspectives
Students 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.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
Decision Making: Who Was Right?
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.
3rd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Slavery Bound or Underground
Examine the role of slaves,, slave owners, and abolitionists during the Civil War with a study of the history of the Underground Railroad. Through the many links learners research the people involved and the heroes of the movement. Finally, pupils take an interactive journey on the railroad, make choices, and consider the consequences of their choices.
11th Social Studies & History
The Life of Harriet Tubman
A well-designed lesson teaches about the history of Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, and the issues of civil liberties. Young historians watch a video, access Internet resources, and engage in cooperative activities which should lead them to a greater understanding of this important time in American history.
1st - 2nd Social Studies & History
Underground Railroad Mini-Unit
Students watch a film about slavery. Students view a PowerPoint about the Underground Railroad and use various resources to make a timeline for the topic. Students research a historical figure from the Underground Railroad era and give a presentation to their class for the topic.
5th - 7th Social Studies & History
Whispers of Angels: Buffalo and the Underground Railroad
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.
6th - 12th English Language Arts
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Young scholars develop computer research skills while searching facts about Harriet Tubman. Students learn about ways in which Harriet Tubman's childhood influenced her future. Young scholars learn to use primary documents to learn about the Underground Railroad.
3rd - 8th 21st Century Skills
The Quilting Connection....a Teaching Unit on Slavery, the Underground Railroad And Quilting
Middle schoolers research the Internet, read designated books and selection, participate in discussions and write short reports while completing this series of lessons about slavery and the Underground Railroad. As a final project, they design a quilt block to show their research on the topic.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
History in Literature - The House of Dies Drear
Hook your learners with a great project. They research the underground railroad and civil rights movement through literature, view the video The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery, and read the book House of Dies Drear in their classroom.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Step into the Painting: Social Studies, Literature, and Art
Travel back in American history to the era of slavery and abolition. After reading about the Underground Railroad, young historians examine a painting depicting the event, and write a narrative from the point of view of a person in the painting.
5th - 7th Visual & Performing Arts
Students explore the Underground Railroad communication system. For this cross curriculum fine arts and United States history Civil War lesson, students view several websites that feature quilts constructed by slaves during the Underground Railroad era.
2nd - 4th Visual & Performing Arts
Underground Railroad PowerPoint
A very interesting presentation on the Underground Railroad used by slaves who were seeking freedom. Learners consider photographs of safe houses, devices used to hide from capture, maps of routes used, and pictures of white people who were sympathetic to their cause.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History
Drawing Conclusions - Is This a Map of the Underground Railroad?
Young scholars 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. Young scholars complete a graphic organizer to determine the validity of the map and outline the points of disagreement made by history detective Gwendolyn Wright.
7th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
Making the Connection With Quilts
Fourth graders engage in a lesson which integrates the study of the Underground Railroad in Indiana with a Language Arts unit on quilts. They write a book report on one of the quilt books read in class and design a quilt block for the classroom quilt.
4th Social Studies & History
Young scholars engage in a lesson that is concerned with the concept of slavery and focuses on the Underground Railroad. They conduct research using a variety of resources. The information is used as inspiration for the creation of a dream home for former slaves.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History
Students study the history of the United States in the 1800s, including the issue of slavery. They discover that the Underground Railroad was a network of people and hiding places in the United States and Canada, set up to help escaping slaves reach freedom.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History
The Life of Harriet Tubman: Information Sheet
This informational text about the abolitionist who led hundreds of slaves to freedom contains an excerpt from William Still's book The Underground Railroad with firsthand information about Tubman's leadership. While it would make an informative handout, no questions, practice, or activities are included.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History
John Brown and the Underground Railroad
Students analyze John Brown's attitudes and actions against slavery and the differences between his views and those of other people who were active in the abolitionist movement. They write journal entries from an abolitionist point of view.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History