Slavery: Underground Railroad Resource Unit. Amber Harper. Content.
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The Underground Railroad is one part of history that not only African-American students need to be educated on but all students. The key purpose of this unit is to inform and education students on the Underground Railroad and slavery. Students need to understand the impact of these events in American society.
Throughout 1-2 weeks (if necessary) students will experience slavery and Underground Railroad by completing numerous activities. Most of the learning will be done in the classroom. One Friday the students will go on a field trip to The Rankin House in Ripley, Ohio to see an actual stop on the Underground Railroad.
Students will look up vocabulary words. Then students will use the map of the United States to identity and label the routes of The Underground Railroad in Ohio. When students are finished they are to select a book from the classroom library (about the Underground Railroad or something dealing with slavery) to read over the course of the week.
Students can travel down the Underground Railroad as if they were slaves themselves. Along the way students will have to make choices that slaves would have had to make. Use the computer and go to this website. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/99/railroad/j1.html
After students are finish have them write a one page paper about the experience. (From a slave point of view)
Students will visit a virtual slave plantation to see how it operated daily. http://www.slaveryinamerica.org/history/hs_lp_melrose1.htm
After completing the virtual tour students can create a diagram of a typical slave house.
A virtual slave plantation that students can explore.
An enter active game where students can travel down the Underground Railroad and make choices along the way.
Harriet Tubman& The Underground Railroad
This site has book lists, vocabulary words, crossword puzzles, maps, photos, classroom activities and much more.
Underground Railroad (History Channel) (2002)
A NationDivided: American Civil War.
American History for Kids; Slavery and Plantation LifeDirector:Christopher Lewis
Harriet Tubman: Animated Hero Classics (1996)
Race to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad (1994)
Slavery and the Making of AmericaStarring:Morgan Freeman NarratorTeacher Resources
6. Time For Kids: Harriet Tubman: A Woman of Courage by Editors of TIME For Kids
7. . If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad (Paperback)
8. Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad by J. Blaine HudsonMore Student Resources