George Moses Horton: Slavery from a Poet's Perspective

Pupils have the unique opportunity to learn about the institution of slavery by reading first-hand experiences as described by George Moses Horton, the first slave to publish anti-slavery poetry.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • To balance the emphasis on reading informational texts in this resource, and to support ELLs and language acquisition, have learners practice sketching the text or drawing graphics to represent the major terms in the lesson (i.e. virtual freedom, enslaved entrepreneurship, etc.)
Classroom Considerations

  • Preview the reading texts in order to determine possible unknown words that learners may struggle with
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • All materials included, such as brief biography of Horton, overview of enslaved entrepreneurship, PDF slide show, and Horton's poetry

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