This project will pique your students’ interest! Working independently or in pairs, intermediate-grade learners conduct research to explore the lives of abolitionists - journalists, runaway slaves, ministers, politicians, and others - who acted as catalysts in a time of social change
- Lesson plans
- Lists of famous abolitionists (for student assignments)
- 3 sheets of research questions (use all or vary to differentiate instruction)
- Double timeline
- Works cited sheet
- 15 contribution pages, each featuring the name and large photo
- 15 themed lined pages, each featuring the name and small photo
- Cover sheet
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- Susan B. Anthony
- Henry Ward Beecher
- John Brown
- Levi Coffin
- Lydia Maria Child
- Henry Clay
- Stephen Douglas
- Frederick Douglass
- William Lloyd Garrison
- Lucretia Mott
- William Still
- Harriett Beecher Stowe
- Sojourner Truth
- Harriet Tubman
- Nat Turner
Collaboration – Students may work independently, as partners, or in small groups.
- You can assign the same number of sheets to every student or vary requirements for differentiation.
- For the simplest research project, assign only the first page (basic information).
- To add complexity, also assign the second page (how the person got involved in the abolition movement and his/her role).
- For the most complex assignment, add the third page (how history changed the person’s life, how the person changed history). For notetaking, give students the double timeline as well.
- Ask students to write the person’s major contribution(s) on the page with the large photo. Hang for an instant classroom display.
- Ask students to write their research results in paragraph form on the lined pages. Hang these next to the contribution sheets.
- Conduct short research projects, drawing on several sources. (CCSS W.4.7, W.5.7, W.6.7)
- Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources. (CCSS W.4.8, W.5.8, W.6.8)
- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. (CCSS W.4.2, W.5.2, W.6.2 )
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I'm committed to continual improvement. This resource was updated and enhanced on January 8, 2019.