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Story. The Underground Railroad. Game Directions. Game Preparation. Game Pieces. Play the game. A Homemade PowerPoint Game By Holly Ann Lamperski University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Objectives. Credits. Copyright Notice. The Underground Railroad.

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the underground railroad


The Underground Railroad

Game Directions

Game Preparation

Game Pieces

Play the game

A Homemade PowerPoint Game


Holly Ann Lamperski

University of North Carolina-Charlotte



Copyright Notice

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The Underground Railroad

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, “Moses” or Harriet Tubman is coming to help you follow the “Drinking Gourd” (the North Star) to the Promised Land of Canada. You are willing to risk everything to be free. You have decided to travel on the Underground Railroad and head North. After playing this game, you will gain an understanding of the historical events that lead to the Civil War and the abolition of Slavery. You will also learn about the infamous people that aided those that traveled the “Routes to Freedom.”

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game directions
Game Directions
  • The goal of the game is to gain an understanding of Slavery and the Underground Railroad.
  • To play the game you have to answer the questions correctly to move your game piece along the, “Routes of Freedom.”
  • To win the game and reach the “Land of Freedom”, you have to answer 10 questions correctly before the other player.
  • When a question is answered correctly, the player may advance their game piece to the next checkpoint.
  • Quiz Questions can be accessed on Slide 15


game preparation
Game Preparation
  • Gameboard: Print out slides 8-11, cut off the edges, then tape together to look like slide 7.
  • “Game Pieces”: Print out slide 5 (preferably on heavy stock with a distinct color), then cut into individual game pieces. Attach the plastic piece at the bottom of the game piece.

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CreditsAll teachers and students at non-profit schools can use, revise, or adapt this game at will at no cost on the condition that all prior designers are cited.

  • Originally designed by Holly Lamperski, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, October 11, 2007, “The Underground Railroad”

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  • Copyright 2007 Holly Lamperski
  • Permission to copy this game at no cost is granted to all teachers and students of non-profit schools.
  • Permission is also granted to all teachers and students of non-profit schools to make revisions to this game for their own purposes, on the condition that this copyright page and the credits page remain part of the game. Teachers and students who adapt the game should add their names and affiliations to the credits page without deleting any names already there.

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time to play the underground railroad
Time to play “The Underground Railroad”!
  • You are ready to leave the plantation in which you reside and work. You are embarking on a dangerous journey to gain freedom and inalienable rights that is entitled to every individual. Even though you live in the “Land of Freedom” in which every individual is entitled to inalienable rights and the pursuit of Happiness, these rights are not extended to you. These rights are only extended to those of the white race.

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Game Directions

educational objectives
Educational Objectives
  • Audience
    • This power point game was designed for fifth grade Social Studies students and meets the NCSCOS objective goal of:
      • 4.05 Describe the impact of wars and conflicts on United States citizens, including but not limited to, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, and the twenty-first century war on terrorism.
  • Subject Area Objectives
    • Students will be able to understand the historical events leading to the Civil War and why African American slaves risked their lives to gain not only freedom, but the rights entitled to every individual.

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quiz questions
Quiz Questions
  • Read the questions and click the blue button located beside the correct answer.

Player 1

Player 2

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That’s Correct!

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______________ is the first British person to profit from the Slave Trade by hauling Africans as cargo to Hispaniola or Cuba in 1562.
  • John Hawkins
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Queen Mary the 1st (Bloody Mary)
  • Samuel de Champlain

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The “_____________ Codes” were passed by Congress in 1710. These Codes would not allow Blacks to assemble in groups > than 3, testify against whites in court, own property, marry, sue or be sued or serve on juries.






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In 1662, the Hereditary Slave Law was passed in ________. This meant the race of the child determined whether the child was “free” or in “bond.”

  • Virginia
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Massachusetts

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In 1619, Africans were imported to Jamestown, Virginia , a British settlement. At this time, Africans worked as ?


Indentured Servants

Field workers


Skilled Workers

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in 1705 laws were passed in virginia that designated slaves as for their owners
In 1705, Laws were passed in Virginia that designated slaves as “_________________” for their owners.
  • Property or Real-estate
  • Indentured Servants
  • Citizens
  • Employees

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In 1775, the first _________________ was formed by Anthony Benezet of Philadelphia. Benjamin Franklin becomes its president in 1787.
  • Abolitionist Society
  • African American Church
  • Civil Rights march
  • Quaker church

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In 1739, Slaves revolted crying “Liberty” in the state of _________________________. This revolt was crushed as slaves head to Florida for Freedom resulting in the deaths of 40 blacks and 20 whites.

  • Florida
  • Virginia
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina

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In 1784, this president proposes to Congress that Slavery be banned in the new territories after 1800. His name was _____________________.
  • George Washington
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • John Addams
  • Andrew Jackson

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In 1793, the United States passed the _________________. This act prohibited anyone from interfering in the capture of runaway slaves.
  • Dred Scot Decision
  • Kansas Nebraska Act
  • Fugitive Slave Act
  • Missouri Compromise

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This invention was patented by Eli Whitney is 1794. It not only pulled seeds from cotton, but turns cotton into the cash crop of the American South. The name of this invention is the ________________________.

  • Telegraph
  • Flush Toilet
  • Cotton Gin
  • Steam Engine

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the song was song by slaves on the underground railroad this song meant to follow the north star
The song “____________” was song by slaves on the Underground Railroad. This song meant to follow the North Star.
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • Amazing Grace
  • Wade in the Water

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In 1820, Missouri is admitted to the Union as a slave state, Maine as a free state. Slavery is forbidden in any subsequent territories north of latitude 36°30´ as a result of the _____________________ Compromise.

  • Missouri
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware
  • Massachusetts

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slaves in charleston sc and savannah ga came from to work on the rice plantations
Slaves in Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA came from ____________ to work on the rice plantations.
  • Barbados
  • England
  • Spain
  • Africa

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was a cash crop for north carolina south carolina virginia and tennessee
_______________was a cash crop for North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.
  • Cotton
  • Rice
  • Indigo
  • Apples

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slaves were bred in the states of and to be sold to the lower cotton states for money
Slaves were bred in the states of ____________ and _________ to be sold to the lower cotton states for money.
  • Maryland and Virginia
  • Rhode Island and Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee and Kentucky
  • Delaware and Ohio

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From 1850, to 1860, this courageous African American woman led over 300 slaves to the Promised Land of Freedom. Her name is _________________?

  • Harriett Tubman
  • Lucretia Mott
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Hillary Clinton

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the people and abolitionists were the main conductors of the underground railroad
The ________________ people and abolitionists were the main conductors of the Underground Railroad.
  • Quaker
  • Catholic
  • Lutheran
  • Jewish

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were those that were against slavery these people lived mostly in the north
_______________________ were those that were against slavery. These people lived mostly in the North.
  • Abolitionists
  • Civil Rights leaders
  • Human Rights Activists
  • Freedom Riders

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This individual’s anti-slavery speeches inspired African Americans to gain an education in a trade. He was a fugitive slave. His name was ____________?

  • Fredrick Douglass
  • Howard Jones
  • Ben Franklin
  • W.E.B. Dubois

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The ________________ people and abolitionists were the main conductors of the Underground Railroad.
  • Quaker
  • Catholic
  • Lutheran
  • Jewish

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