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Singing for Freedom
Students examine the fight for women to gain the right to vote. Using primary source documents, they explore the problem in more detail. They create a PowerPoint presentation or write an essay on how they use songs to help them to promote change.
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Song of Freedom: Go Down, Moses
African American spirituals served as more than songs of religious praise during the years of slavery. "Go Down, Moses" is featured on a worksheet that asks readers to respond to a series of short-answer prompts about the spiritual.
2nd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
An Overview of Slavery through Rotating Stations
Here is a fantastic activity where your class members will learn about the institution of slavery through a series of well-designed learning stations, which include several types of sources and mediums such as poetry, music, video, and...
5th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Underground Railroad: A Journey to Freedom
Here is a nice collection of worksheets, lesson plans, and activity ideas for approaching the Underground Railroad with your students. It includes 10 days/5 lessons worth of materials, including a play script, fill-in-the-blank...
4th - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Let Freedom Ring: The Life & Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Students use text and photos to visualize the delivery of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I Have A Dream" speech. They analyze Dr. King's speech for examples of imagery and allusion and create original poetry and illustrations...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History
Freedom Songs of the Civil Rights Movement
Fifth graders analyze freedom songs sung during the Civil Rights Movement. For this historical music lesson, 5th graders sing and understand the musical concepts within freedom songs. Students also analyze the songs' meanings and...
5th Visual & Performing Arts