Slave Narratives and Spirituals

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Slave narratives and spirituals tell the stories of and preserve the history of generations of African Americans. A five-day interdisciplinary unit brings to life the voices and experiences of these people as class members listen to the songs and read the words of slaves and former slaves.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Present the unit during Black History Month or as part of a study of the American Civil War and of slavery
Classroom Considerations

  • An interdisciplinary unit designed for 11th grade American Lit, American History, and music history classes
  • No link is provided to spirituals for study: instructors must select and create their own CD, tape, or PowerPoint
Pros

  • The 44-page packet includes a daily schedule for the five-day unit, all required materials, and links to referenced research sites
Cons

  • None