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Amistad and Dred Scott—a Comparative Activity

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
What do slaves fighting for their freedom on board a ship and a slave fighting for his freedom in a courtroom have in common? Budding historians investigate the two different cases of the Amistad slave revolt and the Dred Scott argument....
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The Amistad Case

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students analyze the Amistad case and how it impacted slavery in the United States. They, in groups, receive a document, answers the focus questions and presents their findings to the class.
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U.S. v. Amistad: A Case of Jurisdiction

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Just what is jurisdiction and why does it matter? A helpful activity takes academics on a journey to understand how judicial jurisdiction works. Scholars read excerpts from the Constitution and court documents to understand the process...
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The Amistad Case

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the case of The Amistad and the individuals involved with the case. They write editorials, compare the movie version to actual historical documents and write a one-act play presenting their findings.
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Amistad Chapter Activity Worksheet

For Students 12th - Higher Ed
In this Amistad chapter questions activity, students complete several chapters worth of questions that test their reading comprehension.
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Amistad

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explain the predicament of the slaves on the Amistad and the conditions that led them to revolt against their captors. After watching the movie 'Amistad,' students engage in a class discussion based on what they saw.
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The Amistad Case: A Mock Trial

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students hold a mock trial. In this Amistad case lesson plan, students prepare for and participate in a mock trial regarding the Amistad case and determine the fate of the Africans recovered on the ship.
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Who Was Cinque?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the Amistad revolt and its significance in the American debate over slavery. They review and discuss period newspaper reports about the revolt.
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The Role of the Connecticut Abolitionists with the Amistad Case

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders compare the activities of the Underground Railroad with the Amistad Case. In this slavery lesson, 10th graders research primary and secondary sources to discover information about Connecticut abolitionists. Students use...
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Abolishing Slavery In America

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover details about abolition. In this slavery lesson, students watch Abolishing Slavery in America and then conduct further research about the events that took place on the Zong and Amistad. Students write essays that...
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Looking at Human Struggle Through The Language Arts Curriculum: The Faces of Slavery

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine the use of slavery in the United States. Using a map, they draw the route of the Tecora and Amistad voyages. Individually, they write an essay describing their opinions on whether the Africans on the ships should be...
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Civil Rights/Segregation

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders investigate Civil Rights by participating in role-playing activities.  For this U.S. History lesson, 6th graders research the history of slavery in order to portray a story through their debating and acting abilities. ...
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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Dou

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore the concept that education is related to freedom. In this human rights lesson, 9th graders read The Narrative of Frederick Douglass. Students dialogue about their readings and education as it relates to human...
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Antislavery Sentiments

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students review the basic facts of the Amistad slave ship case. They are challenged to test their powers of close reading by being asked to summarize the decision handed down by the Supreeme Court of the United States in 1841. Students...
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The Importance of Storytelling

For Teachers K - 5th
Students examine how African Americans escaping slavery used storytelling to communicate. They listen to and read the lyrics for the song, Follow the Drinking Gourd, view the Reading Rainbow video, and write and illustrate their own story.
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Spanish Parts of Speech (Part 2)

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Zoom in on a few parts of speech to strengthen and deepen understanding. Pupils examine nouns, articles, adjectives, and conjunctions in closer detail, looking at more complex grammatical situations. In addition to the informational page...
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To Honor All Children from Prejudice to Discrimination to Hatred....to Holocaust, Part 1

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students analyze different perspectives of the history of the Holocaust. They experience primary and secondary sources along with pieces from literature, documentaries, songs and letters. A commitment of honor and dedication is expressed...
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Writing in First Person about the Atlantic Slave Trade Lesson Plan

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners investigate the Atlantic slave trade. In this slavery lesson, students watch "Slavery, Society, and Apartheid," as well as "Slave Ship." Learners discuss the information presented in the videos, especially St. John's Revolt....
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Connecticut Reading Comprehension Activity

For Students 4th - 6th
In this reading comprehension activity instructional activity, students read 5 paragraphs pertaining to the history of Connecticut and then respond to 30 true or false, multiple choice, and short answer questions.
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Cinderella Stories - Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students examine an African Cinderella story. In this Cinderella lesson plan, students listen to the story, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, in order to compare it to the original Cinderella story and to increase their understanding of...
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Kwanzaa Language Arts: The Tambiko

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars read or hear about famous African Americans to learn about the ways in which they exemplify one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
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Lewis and Clark in Washington Shrub Steppe Habitat

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Learners reserach the flora and fauna next to their school for two days and also Lewis and Clark's journals. They compare Lewis and Clark's description of the area to the one they have today. They also discuss the idea of restoring...

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