To understand the role played by antislavery groups during a period of increasing tensions between the North and South.
1 class period
This lesson has a nice variety of things to do.
Begin by reading with the class the introductory paragraphs about slavery in America. Students then construct a bar graph showing the growth of slaves between 1790 and 1860.
Assign the section entitled The Abolitionist Movement where students will read a story and fill in missing words, names, and terms.
Next, class members will do a section entitled An Abolitionist Describes Slavery, which includes a primary source reading selection. Students are asked to write a paragraph giving their reaction to Theodore Weld’s description of the treatment of slaves in the United States. This helps develop critical thinking skills, and you can ask several students to read their paragraphs to the class.
To conclude this lesson, students will pretend to be an abolitionist and write an article about slavery for The Liberator using information from a chart describing living conditions for slaves. I have my kids do this assignment for the next class period, and have a few of them read their articles to the class.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.