Harriet Jabocs and Elizabeth Keckly: The Material and Emotional Realities of Childhood in Slavery

Through the journals written by Harriet Jacobs and Elizabeth Keckly, young readers gain insight into the lives of two enslaved children on nineteenth-century plantations.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • To underscore the difference between house and field slaves, bring in stocks of cotton, photos of the fields, the pickers, and of the process of thread making
Classroom Considerations

  • Review all the materials to determine if it is appropriate to your teaching situation and community
Pros

  • The richly detailed plan includes a lesson extension activity about making inferences
  • All required materials, including an answer key, are included in the packet
Cons

  • None
Common Core