Slavery and Freedom

How do nineteenth-century texts by African American and Native American writers contribute to the country's ideals of freedom and individuality? Learners explore the topic by watching and discussing a video, reading biographies, writing song lyrics and journal entries, and creating a multimedia presentation. To change things up, there is also the option to complete a problem-based learning project.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Play a recorded version of a Sorrow Song; provide pupils with printed lyrics and have them discuss its significance in small groups
  • Show pictures of quilts made by slave women and have scholars discuss what stories the quilts communicate
  • Have volunteers practice delivering the Gettysburg Address to classmates
Classroom Considerations
  • For student reference, print the timeline and biographies in advance
  • Includes overview questions and learning objectives 
  • Provides a comprehensive video overview with discussion questions
  • Comprehension, context, and exploration questions follow each biography
  • None