Every teacher knows that time is one of the most valuable and scarce resources in instructional delivery. We have attempted to make the teaching of the Underground Railroad less time-consuming for teachers by preparing a series of PDF downloadables. These PDFs consist of images, reading material, and activities that relate to specific topics on the Underground Railroad. Rather than searching through this website trying to pull pieces together for your instruction, feel free to download PDFs and incorporate them seamlessly into your teaching.

Each PDF is centered around a specific anti-slavery topic or person, and all materials within the site related to that topic or person have been amalgamated into a single PDF in order to make instructional opportunities easier for teachers. As you utilize the PDFs, please feel free to share your feedback with the UGRR project team.

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Abolitionism and Suffrage Movement of Women

Abolitionists were fighting a long time to end slavery in the United States and helping their cause were women that wanted the same equal rights as men had. This PDF gives insight into how the goals of the two movements connected in many ways.

African American Press and Abolition

Using the press to spread the cause of abolitionism had a far-reaching effect not only in the Americas, but abroad. This PDF informs the learner of how many people's voices were heard through the media of that time period.

An Epic of Heroism Part 1

An Epic of Heroism is an Underground Railroad curriculum produced by the Charles H. Wright Museum in 1988 as an educational tool. It includes lesson plans, vocabulary lists, maps, and more. Part 1 of 2.

An Epic of Heroism Part 2

An Epic of Heroism is an Underground Railroad curriculum produced by the Charles H. Wright Museum in 1988 as an educational tool. It includes lesson plans, vocabulary lists, maps, and more. Part 2 of 2.

ASWR Elementary Teachers Curriculum Guide

The Elementary School Teacher‘s Guide looks at the exhibit, And Still We Rise, through the eyes of children between five and ten years old. Activities are separated into three sections. The first presents activities that can be done by elementary students in any grade. The second provides a choice of activities to use with very young children in kindergarten through grade two. The third section includes more content-related activities for older children in grades three through five. The reading and social studies content of grades K-2 draws upon the young student‘s perception of the world. Their familiar world consists of “Me and My Family”, “My Neighborhood”, and “My Community”. The Guide helps teachers to use activities to apply the same familiar concepts to the scenes displayed in the galleries of the exhibit. Activities are included to use before, during and after viewing the exhibit. A Teacher Resource List is included to provide background information useful in preparing the...

ASWR High School Teachers Curriculum Guide

This guide, designed for high school teachers, looks at the exhibition, And Still We Rise. The guide is composed of four sections that represent the four Social Studies Content Strands of the Michigan Core Curriculum Framework. The Framework with its standards, benchmarks and grade level content expectations is the basis of test items on the High School Social Studies Assessment.

The first section of this guide features activities that examine the exhibition from a geographic perspective, the second from an economic perspective, the third from a civic perspective and the last from a historical perspective. Teachers can select activities that best fit into the curriculum of the specific class they teach.

Laura Haviland

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.

Long Struggle for Civil Rights

African Americans still had a long way to go for equal rights after the Civil War ended. This PDF gives insight to the many struggles of African Americans fighting for basic rights into the 20th century.

Preliminary Voices of the Civil Tensions Between the North and South

The conflict between the Southern and Northern states did not start suddenly with the attack on Fort Sumter. From at least the beginning of the 19th century, the North and South were divided over the issues of slavery. This PDF explores the base issues that caused the American Civil War.

Credit Image: Missouri Historical Society

Preliminary Voices of the Civil War Northwest Ordinance

This PDF explores the purpose of the Northwest Ordinance, also known as the Freedom Ordinance. Enacted in 1787 by the Congress of the Confederation of the United States, the Northwest Ordinance was a way of accounting for those who wanted to settle in the Northwest Territory that would soon become Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Image Credit: Library of Congress, Rare Books and Special Collections Division


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This program was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program.