Follow the history of individuals who changed the world with this collection of teaching resources for Black History Month.
With Scholastic’s The Underground Railroad: Escape From Slavery activity (grades 4–12), students travel back to 1860 to follow a young slave as he flees a Kentucky plantation for Canada along the Underground Railroad. The interactive slideshow (with audio) lets students read a short article at each stop. They can click on accompanying images to read pop-ups with more information.
In this compelling online activity, students get a unique, first-hand account of what life was like for slaves, encounter the dangers of the Underground Railroad, meet brave abolitionists who helped runaways, and compare life in the North and South.
- On the Plantation: Here, students “meet” Walter, a young slave sold to a plantation in Kentucky.
- Escape!: Walter sneaks away during the night, headed for the Ohio River. He runs all night and hides during the day.
- Reaching Safety: Walter crosses the Ohio River, encountering a family in Ohio who has helped many slaves. They put him up and plan his route to freedom in Canada.
- Reaching Freedom: With help from more abolitionists, Walter passes through Cleveland, his last stop before crossing Lake Erie to Canada.
- Tell the Story: In this writing activity, students imagine themselves as former slaves and answer a set of questions about their journey on the Underground Railroad. Students can read actual interviews with former slaves for more research and inspiration.
Use these teaching resources to introduce students to the Underground Railroad, a covert network of former slaves, free black men and women, Northern abolitionists, and church leaders who helped fugitive slaves escape to freedom.
Plan your year ahead with these teacher-tested multimedia units including audio and online publishing resources for students, plus lesson plans and free printables for you.
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