Slavery, Abolitionists, and the Underground Railroad

To help students better understand the realities of life before the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment, have groups of students focus on different aspects of slavery through a SOS: Jigsaw activity.


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Divide students into groups, and assign each group a topic from the Discovery Education video series, America’s Journey Through Slavery.

Have each group study their resource, identifying 3-5 important facts or completing journal entries about their topic. Have students return to their original groups to share out the information they learned and get the pieces of information their peers learned.

Topics include:
 
Douglass_circleThe Life of an Enslaved Person in America
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Full Video

Learn about the horrible living conditions that enslaved people endured before the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment.
 
Douglass_circleHarriet Tubman and Her Escape to Freedom
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Full Video

Learn about Harriet Tubman’s journey to freedom. Discover how she found out what the Underground Railroad was and how she made it her mission to become free. Once she reached freedom in Pennsylvania she vowed to become a conductor of the Underground Railroad to help other slaves find freedom.
 
Douglass_circleEscaping Slavery on the Underground Railroad
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Full Video

Learn about the Underground Railroad and the conductors who helped slaves run from station to station on their way to the free North.
 
Douglass_circleThe Abolitionist Movement in America
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Full Video

Learn how the abolitionist movement in American grew stronger with the establishment of the American Anti-Slavery Society and discover how key players like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, and President Abraham Lincoln all fought for freedom and the abolition of slavery.
 
Douglass_circleAbraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Full Video

Learn about 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Discover how reading impacted Lincoln’s early childhood and discuss how Lincoln became in politicos and debate early on in his life. Follow his career to his presidency where he took a stance to oppose slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation.


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Black History Month Content Collection
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Content Collection

Explore the Black History Month Content Collection, featuring resources selected and created by Discovery Education’s curriculum experts, including lesson starters, video clips, songs, and more, and delve into the lives of African Americans who made history.


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