Five Free Underground Railroad Resources
Lesson Plans, Interactive Maps, Timelines and Biographies
- Interactive Map: The Underground Railroad (Grades K-5)
This map has an interactive legend that lets students highlight free states, slave states and territories as of 1860 and escape routes to Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
- Aboard the Underground Railroad (Grades K-12)
This National Park Service website provides a map showing escape routes used by freedom seekers with links to states and historic sites.
- The Underground Railroad: The Journey (Grades 1-2)
This resource includes a timeline, biographies of important figures, an interactive which lets students escape slavery on the underground railroad, and a map showing the routes.
- Underground Railroad: The William Still Story (Grades 6-8)
William Still was an important yet not widely acknowledged figure in the Underground Railroad. The companion website features essays and five lesson plans. The film (55:15) premiers on TV on 06 February 2012 but can be seen online beginning 07 February.
- Safe Passage: Teacher Guide (Grades 6-9)
Safe Passage is a multimedia curriculum based on Ohio's academic standards in language arts and social studies. The complete curriculum kit is available for purchase. A free PDF of the Teacher’s guide with six lesson plans can be downloaded. “Lesson Three: The Underground Railroad in Art, Literature and Music” ( PDF 4.8 MB, 49 pgs.) is especially interesting.