Song of Freedom: Go Down, Moses

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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.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Preview the many YouTube videos of various artists singing the spiritual, and select one appropriate to your learning situation
  • Connect to your unit on the Civil War, slavery, the abolitionist movement, or the history of American music
Classroom Considerations

  • Some class members may need additional background information to see the parallels between the Jewish slaves in Egypt and the African American slaves in the US
Pros

  • The activity draws attention to the parallels between the experience of the Jews in Egypt and the slaves in the US
  • Comes with an answer key
Cons

  • None
Common Core