Lesson Plan

A Debate Against Slavery

Slavery is a serious topic that can be challenging for middle schoolers to study. Young scholars can see firsthand through primary sources what occurred during that time period in the United States. The third of five lessons provides links to all primary sources needed to complete the activity.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • To extend learning, ask pupils to write a persuasive essay arguing against slavery using the primary sources provided in the lesson plan
  • Differentiate for GATE by asking them each to write and give a speech arguing against slavery like the abolitionists did before and during the Civil War
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes students have completed the first two lessons in the series
  • Ideas for extending the lesson allow for added activities depending on your class
  • A timeline of each primary resource link creates an easy way to keep primary sources organized
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