George Moses Horton: Slavery from a Poet's Perspective

After reading about the life of George Moses Horton, the first slave to publish anti-slavery poetry, learners will recall his major accomplishments, provide a summary of the obstacles he faced, and identify common aspects of the experience of enslavement.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Consider utilizing this lesson during Black History Month or your next poetry unit
  • If the subject matter feels too advanced or mature for your class, consider focusing on target words in the lesson such as injustice or enslavement as part of vocabulary/theme acquisition
Classroom Considerations

  • Preview materials to determine whether they are appropriate for the age and maturity level of your group
  • Learners should have a basic understanding of slavery's place in American history prior to beginning this lesson

  • All worksheets and instructional materials provided (see resource's included materials)

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Common Core