Slavery (Grades 1-3)

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This compelling Slavery Lesson Plan introduces young students to slavery in America. This lesson’s focus is to bring awareness to this sensitive topic since and covers the definition of slavery, how it was used in early colonial America, slave treatment, and the slave codes.  The end of slavery helped by abolitionists, the Underground Railroad, and the Civil War during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and slavery ending with the 13th Amendment being added to the constitution.

Slavery Grades 1-3 Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Slavery.
  • Definition of slavery, historical overview of slavery in colonial America and the horrible conditions for slaves.
  • Discussion about how slavery ended thanks in part to Abolitionists.
  • Contributions from the Underground railroad, Harriet Tubman, and Abraham Lincoln, and ultimately the Civil War and the 13th Amendment.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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This compelling Slavery Lesson Plan introduces young students to slavery in America. This lesson’s focus is to bring awareness to this sensitive topic since and covers the definition of slavery, how it was used in early colonial America, slave treatment, and the slave codes.  The end of slavery helped by abolitionists, the Underground Railroad, and the Civil War during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and slavery ending with the 13th Amendment being added to the constitution.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask: Have you ever been bossed around so much by another person that it made you mad? What does it feel like to be treated badly by other people? What would it feel like if you had no choice?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce slavery.
  3. Distribute Slavery (1-3) content pages. Read and review the information with the students. It is suggested the content be read aloud with the youngest students. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Remind students not to simply write an opposite rule such as: Slaves can escape or Slaves get paid. You may also encourage to take out the word “slave” in each rule. Allow students sufficient time to work together to create the new code.
  5. Once completed, the students will share the new code with the class. The responses will vary, and the goal is to create positive rules for living.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses. For younger students, the page may be completed aloud.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses. Allow students to share diary entries.
  8. In closing, ask: Why is it important to learn about bad things that happened in the past?
  9. Allow for responses and discussion. Explain to students that learning about the past helps people make plans for the present and future, to make things better, etc.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.3CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Social Studies

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KM
02/15/2019
Kara M.
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Fantastic review of history!

Well written, inclusive of the elements needed for this unit, and the material was easily understood by the kids. Thanks!

AB
08/27/2018
Asia B.
US

Great Resource

I needed a lowed level text on Slavery for my group of Diverse Learners. This packet covered all the information I needed and was presented in a way that was easy for students to grasp. Will use again in the future.

TY
08/10/2018
Tadashi Y.
US

Excellent But,,, let me give you some feedback

It is very good and awesome. Thank you. But I am a teacher, and I see a lot of grammar errors and no space between sentences. If you fix that, that would be awesome. Thank you for the awesome books.

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DG
02/23/2018
Debra G.
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Great materials!

I teach a 3rd grade class of students mostly from other countries. They have had no background in American History, which means they often struggle with the topic of slavery. This article was well written, and on a level that most of my kids could understand. Thanks so much Clarendon! I loved the product!

DN
01/14/2018
Dionne N.
US

Extinction

AWESOME the kids LOVED the topic and the exercises in the lesson.