Perspectives During the Anti Slavery Movement. 8th grade Social Studies Class Mary Daly and Maggie Dalton-Hoffman. Topic. A unit focusing on the abolitionist movement from multiple perspectives in history. . Context. 8th grade social studies class Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Perspectives During the Anti Slavery Movement
Perspectives During the Anti Slavery Movement8th grade Social Studies ClassMary Daly and Maggie Dalton-HoffmanTopicA unit focusing on the abolitionist movement from multiple perspectives in history. Context8th grade social studies classHartford Magnet Trinity College Academy50 minutes/day for one weekExcept for an all-day field trip on TuesdayIncludes all levels of student learningConnecticut Framework for 8th Grade Social Studies"The study of the principles of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on events, arguments and movements of the 19th century and their impact today, connections to local history, and extensive use of primary source materials."We focus on the abolitionist movement in the 19th century and connect it to a local abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe and use primary source material from both Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick DouglassStandards for 8th Grade Social StudiesStandard 1: Content KnowledgeKnowledge of concepts, themes, and information from history and social studiesStandard 2: History/Social Studies LiteracyCompetence in literacy, inquiry and research skillsStandard 3: Civic EngagementCivic competence in analyzing historical issues and current problems ObjectivesStudents will gain an understanding of the catalysts that lead up to the Civil War from the perspectives of both white and black abolitionistsStudents will learn about the historical content of Hartford through a field trip to the Harriet Beecher Stowe CenterStudents will be challenged to analyze key issues from multiple perspectives through discussionStudents will be able to take what they learned in the lesson and apply it to how they have experienced inequality in their livesMondayClass discussion to refresh the topic of slavery in the United StatesStudents will be asked to recall what they have learnedThe answers will be written on the board to prompt other students memories.Present background information on Abolition and Harriet Beecher StowePreparation for field tripTuesdayField trip to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center"Liberty and Justice For All" Program Students will explore connections between Harriet Beecher Stowe, her antislavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, and the Civil WarActivity: Group writing assignment Students will write a letter to the publisher of Uncle Tom's Cabin, arguing either for or against the publication of this controversial novel
WednesdayWarm up activityReflect on field tripDiscuss as a class what students wroteRead excerpt from another abolitionist: Frederick DouglassEmphasizes the importance of literacy for slavesHomework: list 5 reasons why literacy was important in the quest for freedomThursdayDiscuss homework from the night beforeWatch PBS clip about Frederick DouglassReiterate throughout video how Frederick Douglass used his education to break out of slavery and become an influential abolitionistConnect to Harriet Beecher Stowe and her attempt to humanize slaves in her novelConnect to modern dayHow are we still taking a stand against racismHomework: Prepare for letter to Abolitionists
FridayStudents randomly assigned to write a letter to either Frederick Douglass or Harriet Beecher StoweAnswer: How did they make a difference in the anti slavery movement and how is society different today because of them?After, students will split into groups, discuss what they wrote and add to their letters in a different color penEvaluation CriteriaField trip writing assignmentWarm-up writing reflection on field tripList of five reasons why literacy was important for slaves in their quest for freedomIn class letters to Frederick Douglass or Harriet Beecher Stowe
Resources NeededBusing to Harriet Beecher Stowe CenterHarriet Beecher Stowe CenterReading from Frederick Douglass' autobiographyPBS video on Frederick DouglassLoose leaf paper for in class writing activitiesDifferent color pens for students
Sources"SDE: Social Studies." Connecticut State Department of Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 April 2013. .
Watch Now: The Abolitionists, Part 2, Chapter 1 | American Experience | PBS Video. PBS.org. Accessed May 2, 2013. http://video.pbs.org/video/2322681925/.
Douglass, Frederick, and Deborah E. McDowell. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.