Perspective on the Slave Narrative
Students examine narratives of two slaves: iam W. Brown and Frederick Douglas. They produce an essay explaining how Brown's narrative challenged the prejudices of readers in his own time and how it challenges prejudices today.
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Slave Narratives: Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, and the Columbian Orator
Young historians practice in-depth, quality analysis of primary source texts in this three-lesson unit, which examines excerpts from the slave narratives of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, and Caleb Bingham.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Their Eyes Were Watching God: Narrative and Point of View
Can a novel have an omniscient narrator and still show character point of view? Explore text structure with a lesson about Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Several discussion questions encourage kids to examine the way...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Clotilde, The Last Slave Ship
The Clotilde was the last known ship to bring slaves from Africa to the United States - good riddance! Dive into the details of the ship, its cargo, origin, and route, and learn about the future of the Africans on board with a...
4th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
“Twelve Years a Slave”: Analyzing Slave Narratives
Readers of Solomon Northup's brutally frank slave narrative Twelve Years a Slave examine passages that support the argument that slavery "undermined and corrupted" the institution of marriage. Background information is provided by a...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Reliving History through Slave Narratives
Helpful for an American literature or history unit, this activity prompts middle schoolers to examine slavery in the United States. They read slave narratives that were part of the Federal Writers' Project and then conduct their own...
5th - 9th Social Studies & History
Lunsford Lane: A slave in North Carolina who buys his freedom
“To break the bonds of slavery opens up at once both earth and heaven. Neither can be truly seen by us while we are slaves.” Class members read excerpts from the memoir, Narrative of Lunsford Lane, to gain understanding of the details...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Slave narratives: A genre study
Excerpts from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs and from The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass provide learners with an opportunity to study the genre of slave narratives.Class members look for common...
9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Impact of the Jim Crow Era on Education, 1877–1930s
Even though American slaves were officially emancipated in 1865, the effects of slavery perpetuated throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Middle and high schoolers learn about the ways that discrimination and the Jim Crow laws...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Who Started the Civil War? Comparing Perspectives on the Causes of the War
The discussion continues: Who started the Civil War? So why not get your intelligent learners involved. Readers use the account of Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow to begin their analysis of who started the war. Scholars are...
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
On the Plantation: Life as a Slave
The first part of the Underground Railroad interactive takes learners on a journey of plantation life. Listeners click on different tools in the scene to discover the terrible living and working conditions that slaves went through on...
3rd - 12th Social Studies & History