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Underground Railroad Digital Classroom


Found in: preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12; language arts & literature; social studies

Underground Railroad Digital Classroom is an aspect of The House Divided Project, and its mission to tell the story of the coming of the American Civil War in creative ways.

Teacher’s Desk includes lesson, handouts, and links to resources. Lesson Plans are grouped K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Using Art to Tell A Story: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad Through the Eyes of Jacob Lawrence and Faith Ringgold is a cross-curricular lesson (art and social studies) in which grade 5 students compare how two artists illustrated the same stories. Students will research and create an art project on a historical figure. Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 Students in grades 6-8 consider and debate the morality or immorality of breaking the Fugitive Slave Act. Emancipation of the Mind Using Henry Bibb as a case study, students in grades 9-12 investigate the efforts of escaped slaves to become educated during the antebellum era.

Handouts and More includes a Course Book ( MS-WORD, 2.5 MB, 132 pgs.) with glossary, timeline, and lesson plans; a definition of the Underground Railroad; a Fugitive Crisis Timeline, and lessons on Henry Brown who escaped slavery by having himself shipped to Philadelphia in a wood crate.

Web Navigator A bibliography of Internet resources with links to full-text histories of the Underground Railroad, accounts of specific events, and autobiographies and biographies of figures.

Class Activities features a digital bookshelf, videos, games & exhibits, and virtual field trips. The Digital Bookshelf has general reference works, books for young readers, and primary sources. The Video Channel has commentary on the underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, and stock footage of important sites. Virtual Field Trips provides Quicktime movies. The Games and Exhibits section includes a quiz and a Henry “Box” Brown exhibit.

The Bulletin Board has a glossary, timeline, profiles, maps, and images.

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