Three Slavery and Abolition worksheets
: Multiple choice with 74 questions for a thorough review or test, plus 2 matching worksheets -- one basic, one advanced so you can have differentiated learning materials at your fingertips!
All three of these Slavery Worksheets / Abolition Worksheets cover the same basic content: the institution of slavery in the United States from about 1800 through 1860, as well as the growing abolition movement taking hold of the nation during that time.
The first worksheet is a comprehensive multiple-choice exercise focused on slavery and abolition, containing 74 questions that can be answered using most high-school level textbooks or online resources related to United States slavery in the 1800s.
The last two worksheets consist of matching problems designed to help students do a targeted review of key people and items that they should have mastered. Because the matching worksheets focus only on these highly important historical entries, they work very well as quizzes or tests.
Matching Worksheet A is the “basic” version of such a test because there are no extraneous answers provided as distractors. Teachers may find that Worksheet A is perfect for students who benefit from more streamlined materials.
Matching Worksheet B, on the other hand, is the “advanced” version of the same test. Questions and answers are identical to those on the “ basic” matching worksheet, but additional unused answers are also mixed in so that students have more entries to choose from.
CONTENT INCLUDED IN THESE SLAVERY WORKSHEETS / ABOLITION WORKSHEETS
These question cover the following range of topics commonly studied in U.S. history / American history classes:
• Anti-slavery societies and the plan for resettlement of freed slaves in Africa
• Influence of preachers / ministers / religion in the abolition movement
• William Lloyd Garrison and his abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator
• David Walker and his call for slaves to fight for their freedom
• Frederick Douglass and his abolitionist newspaper, The North Star
• Conditions for rural and urban slaves in the 1800s
• Solomon Northrup and his experiences as 12 Years a Slave
• Nat Turner’s Rebellion
• Slave codes
• Justifications for slavery
• Petitions for abolition in the nation’s capital, and the “gag rule” reaction
IDEAS FOR USING THESE MULTIPLE CHOICE SLAVERY AND ABOLITION WORKSHEETS
Only a teacher knows what constitutes best use for a particular class, but I always find it helpful to see what creative approaches other teachers are using. Here are some good options for these worksheets.
• Standard use: Print off copies and have students complete them as they read their textbooks. Or send the copies electronically so students can complete them on tablet/laptop devices, if that is an option in your setting. Go over answers out loud if time permits (great for discussing/debriefing the content) or collect papers to grade them more formally.
• Accommodate students who claim that the worksheets "are too hard:" Assign students to do only the evens or only the odds. Afterwards, pair students up to discuss and fill in missing answers.
• Create basic and advanced levels from the same worksheet: This is easily done by declaring that the "basic" level is odds-only (or evens-only) while the "advanced" level consists of all the questions. Encourage students to challenge themselves to do the advanced level by offering extra credit or by announcing that the basic level can only earn a C at best, but A and B grades are available at the advanced level.
• Run a game show: Have students read their books carefully and take notes. Form groups afterwards and have them pool their notes, briefly discussing Slavery and Abolition. Pass out the worksheets only AFTER this discussion and have each group fill out one collaboratively. Go over the answers out loud, calling on groups to respond. This option means making fewer copies: one per group instead of one per student.
• Run a multi-round game show: Print out only one copy of the worksheet and cut it apart to make question strips. Have students read the book and take notes. Form groups afterwards and have them pool their notes, briefly discussing the whole textbook section on the war. Then, ask the class questions out loud, handing the question slip used to the group that first supplies the correct answer. In this way the question strips become a point counter to keep track of group progress. After all questions have been used, have each group ask each of their questions of the other groups -- this provides an additional level of review and gives groups a chance to recoup points they missed on the first round. This option means making only a single copy!
• My personal favorite -- Let students self-assess their learning: Print out one worksheet per student, but hang onto them until students have finished reading your textbook’s presentation of Slavery and Abolition either on their own or with partners. Then pass out your preferred worksheet and instruct students (again, in pairs or individually) to fill then out, books closed, to see how much they remember. Afterwards, let students use books to check their impressions and fill in anything they didn’t know. Finally, go over the material aloud to review with the class and let them fill in the blanks.
• Use worksheets as a traditional quiz!
IDEAS FOR USING THESE MATCHING SLAVERY AND ABOLITION WORKSHEETS
Any of the above ideas can be adapted for use with a matching worksheet instead, but the matching ones are particularly well-suited for administering a quick check for understanding or review of the key information related to Slavery and Abolition.
Plus, since the matching worksheets are only one page long, teachers can use them without making *any* copies if they have a way to project a PDF file onto a screen.
This can actually lend itself to an even more advanced activity – Do the matching prompts without letting students see the answer choices at all.
TEACHER CONVENIENCE FEATURES IN THESE SLAVERY AND ABOLITION WORKSHEETS
• The multiple choice worksheet is long enough that I wanted to offer teachers a way to make it instantly reusable. To this end, there’s a separate answer sheet provided for students to use if teachers don’t want them writing on the actual worksheet. This lets teachers make one class set of worksheets and use it over and over, year after year and class after class!
• Even better, the answer sheet is formatted exactly like the answer key, letting teachers line up several pages at once for super-quick correcting! It’s hard to correct ten pages at once when students use their own paper – their answers are all over the place. Using answer sheets that match the key, though, lets busy teachers be at their most efficient!
• The matching answer keys are provided with full context to help teachers easily review answers with the class.
LOOKING FOR MORE AMERICAN HISTORY WORKSHEET SETS?
The packets linked below might be just what you need:
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American Revolution Worksheets: The Revolutionary War -- From the Start to the Battle of Saratoga -- PDF Printable Packet
American History Worksheets: Slavery and Abolition in the 1800s -- PDF Printable Packet
American Imperialism Worksheets Set 1: Motives, Alaska, Hawaii, and Alfred T. Mahan -- PDF Printable
American Imperialism Worksheets Set 1: Motives, Alaska, Hawaii, and Alfred T. Mahan -- Examview Version
American Imperialism Worksheets Set 2: Spanish American War Worksheets -- PDF Printable
As ever, I wish you happy teaching and a fabulous school year!