In this five-week unit , students will fully encompass what it means to be a slave child through a combination of inquiry and investigation. The unit will start with the early beginnings of slavery and conclude with the transition to freedom, with each week showcasing a different theme. The five major themes of the unit will be the beginnings of slavery, skin color, slavery for children, the quest for freedom, and shift toward equality.
Students will travel through the middle passage, suffer through every day slave life, plan their escape through the Underground Railroad, and fight to obtain their freedom. At the end of every lesson, students will reflect by making a personal connection of how they would feel in the context of whatever lesson is being taught. Concluding the unit, students will complete a culminating activity where they will use those reflections to share their understanding of the impact of slavery on the world, but through the lens of a child.
Full, detailed 5 week common core aligned unit plan. 4th grade unit plan but can be modified to other grades. Includes 58 pages of the following:
- Unit Rational and Content Knowledge
- Thematic Map
- Curricular Unit Plan (Anchor texts, CCSS, essential questions, enduring understandings, knows and dos, unit vocabulary, and suggested activities
- Unit Calendar
- Unit Timeline
- Authentic Assessment with Rubric
- 3 detailed, scripted lesson plans with vocabulary charts, graphic organizers, worksheets, and exit tickets
- Additional suggested resources
- Annotated bibliography
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