Plantation Life And Slavery: Antebellum Era

Learners evaluate primary sources from the antebellum era to determine the accuracy of textbooks. They examine narratives from enslaved people, then compare them to their own text. Extension activities include the opportunity to write a letter to their textbook's editors to suggest changes. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the jigsaw method to explore primary sources that detail the lives of enslaved people
  • Critique the class textbook by comparing it to the primary sources 
Classroom Considerations
  • Some documents may be traumatic or inappropriate; the teacher may need to curate suggested sources 
Pros
  • Activities integrate the study of history and personal agency 
  • Lesson sharpens primary source skills
Cons
  • None