“Being a UGRR conductor” lesson plan is designed for grades 1-5. Students will be able to use their imaginations while fine-tuning their acting skills as they develop a greater understanding of the UGRR. The hardships and dangers faced by those involved in the UGRR are discussed. This lesson plan uses primary narratives and pictures to help students portray their acting roles accurately. Students will develop knowledge of the system of stops, stations and routes.
“The Drinking Gourd - Destined for the North Star” lesson plan is designed for grades 1-5. This lesson plan introduces the geographic movement of the Underground Railroad and its routes in Michigan to Canada. Students will discover the geography of the Underground Railroad from the slave-holding South to the North. Students will be able to understand Detroit and Canada’s significance to the Underground Railroad.
“The life of Henry Bibb” lesson plan is designed for grades 1-5. This lesson plan uses primary and secondary sources to help students learn how UGRR hero Henry Bibb assisted in the Underground Railroad. Students examine Bibb’s Core Democratic Values through his words and actions. Students will learn about the UGRR and how people in Southern and Northern states became involved in the struggle for freedom.
WNET-Thirteen TV has produced a free, interactive role-playing game for upper elementary and middle school students focused on resistance to slavery and the activism of the UGRR.
“Defining United States” lesson plan is designed for students in grades 9-12. This lesson lets students explore and analyze the issues, events and legislation that preceded the Civil War. Students follow the U.S. and Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions on states right, constitutionality of the the rights of freedom seekers and other important issues. Students will compare and contrast the two different court rulings. Primary resources are used to deepen students' understanding of the rulings.
The “Defining Dred Scott” lesson plan is designed for students in grades 9-12. This lesson plan lets students explore and analyze Supreme Court cases dealing with slavery, the Missouri Compromise, 19th century African American citizenship, individual property rights and more. Students learn how to analyze primary resources.
“Freedman’s Impact” lesson plan is designed for students in grades 9-12. Freedman’s lesson focuses on the lives of freed blacks and their contribution to helping enslaved blacks reach freedom in the North. Students will analyze primary source documents and produce a document base question essay (essay information packet provided) in this lesson.
The “Women’s Contribution” lesson plan is designed for students in grades 9-12. This lesson analyzes how women (Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Phillis Wheatley and more) impacted the UGRR. Students are given historical background information and are challenged in a unique way to produce a Glogster (electronic poster board).
Laura Haviland was a teacher and an influential activist in Michigan’s Underground Railroad. In 1846, she made her first trip south to rescue the children of Willie and Elsie Hamilton from slavery. Haviland worked with famous abolitionist Levi Coffin and helped transport freedom seekers to Canada. This downloadable PDF enables educators to teach about the life and impact of Laura Haviland on the freedom struggle.