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Before Brother Fought Brother: A Debate Against Slavery
Students argue against slavery using evidence gathered from archival documents. They analyze documents, describe documents, and tell what is revealed about African American's quality of life.
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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
After reading excerpts from Frederick Douglass' autobiography, your pupils will draw on what they've learned about the cruelty of slavery in order to write and present an anti-slavery speech or editorial.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Through a careful reading and examination of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, scholars take part in grand conversations about the novel's contents, slavery, and the impact the book had on it. Furthermore, learners analyze an...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Popular Sovereignty and the Lecompton Constitution
Students explore the purpose of the Lecompton Constitution. In this United States History lesson, students read several articles then complete several activities to reinforce their reading, such as a cause and effect worksheet,...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Debate Games and Activities Guide
A must-have resource for classes that engage in debate, this packet contains 20 detailed plans for debate games and activities. Everything from how to select evidence to support a position, to structuring a debate on which candy bar is...
6th - 12th English Language Arts
Slavery: No Freedom, No Rights
How do statements made by well-known early American leaders, as well as provisions in the founding documents of the United States hold up to the practice of slavery? Here is a resource that includes reading materials, worksheets, and...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Chapter 16: Slavery Divides a Nation
The road to war is never easily understood and needs to be prefaced with a look at all the issues involved. Prepare your learners for a unit on the Civil War with an in-depth look at the policies, politics, and state vs. state arguments...
7th - 8th Social Studies & History
Haitian Revolution (Part 2)
Picking up at the betrayal of Toussaint L'Ouverture by Charles LeClerc during the Haitian (Saint-Domingue) Revolution, this video details the ambiguity of the role of slavery in early 1800's France. Equipped with maps, images, and...
17 mins 7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Slave Auctions in South Carolina
Students examine primary sources in the form of auction records, create frequency charts, graphs and diagrams that they analyze to anwer questions followed by the writing of a paper that demonstrates their comprehension of the lesson.
6th - 9th Social Studies & History
Stage a Debate: A Primer for Teachers (Lincoln-Douglas Debate Format)
For a comprehensive overview of debate styles and formats, look at this resource. It details the Lincoln-Douglas debate format (one-to-one debate with specific, timed rounds of points, cross-examination, and rebuttals). You can also find...
3rd - 12th Social Studies & History