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High School Lesson Ableman Case

“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.

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High School Lesson Dred Scott

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.

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High School Lesson Freedmen Document Based Questions

“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.

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High School Lesson Women Contributions

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).

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