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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.
Students summarize The Underground Railroad. In this guided reading lesson students read a nonfiction book about the Underground Railroad. Students use a timeline they have created while reading to assist in their writing of a summary about the book.
Third graders look at Michigan's history. For this state history lesson, 3rd graders look at the role of the underground railroad. They watch the United Streaming video The Function and Methods of the Underground Railroad-Segment 3 and listen to 2 books about Harriet Tubman. 
Students complete activities to study potential maps of the Underground Railroad. In this Underground Railroad lesson plan, 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 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.
Learners explore slavery by researching the escape methods during the Civil War era. In this Underground Railroad lesson, students identify the locations of many Underground Railroad spots in the North. Learners define a list of Civil War era vocabulary terms and complete a word search in class.
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.
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.
This is an exceptionally well-designed two week unit about the Underground Railroad and the Quakers, particularly in North Carolina. There are very detailed lesson daily lessons and an excellent bibliography.
Students 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 plan, 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 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. 

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