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Five Free Underground Railroad Resources

Lesson Plans, Interactive Maps, Timelines and Biographies

Found In: Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.



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