George Moses Horton

Young historians read and discuss the work of professional poet George Moses Horton, whose writings convey the complexity and trials of the slave experience in North Carolina. Class members also prepare dramatic presentations of Horton's poetry to demonstrate their interpretation of his work.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • As an extension activity, provide other literary and artistic works representing the slave experience and compare/contrast their interpretations and style
Classroom Considerations

  • The resource was originally designed for North Carolina schools; however, the information can easily be adapted and relevant to other states
  • A dramatic presentation of poetry regarding the slave experience can be a very emotional and powerful process. Review the materials to determine whether the activity is appropriate for the age and maturity level of your class
Pros

  • All worksheets and discussion questions included
  • Detailed instructional guidelines
Cons

  • None