Lesson Plan: Underground Railroad
3rd (Can easily be adjusted for many grades)
Candland, Selma Bartlett Elementary School, Henderson, NV
lesson is a culminating activity for the knowledge they have learned about the
Underground Railroad. The students will demonstrate their knowledge of
Harriet Tubman, William Still, and various other people involved with the
Underground Railroad through news articles and other writings.
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate their understanding of
the Fugitive Slave Law.
- Write about personal stories of
people involved with the UGRR.
- Use creative expression to show an
understanding of UGRR terms and ideas.
- Books about the UGRR, ads of
- A Newspaper (for reference), paper,
pencil, and computer
- Students will work independently,
with a partner, or in small groups to create articles for a newspaper
about the Underground Railroad.
- Students will first brainstorm possible
article ideas and other features that they want to put into their
newspaper. Possible ideas for feature articles are: The
Fugitive Slave Law, Harriet Tubman, William Still, Thomas Garrett, and
other personal slave stories. Possible ideas for other features to
include in their paper are: editorial, myths/truths, Underground
codes and their meanings, Dear Abby, ads, questions they would ask if they
could interview any person from the UGRR, and a mini page.
- Students will research different
ads that were placed in papers about runaway slaves. They will write
their own ads to put into the newspaper.
- Students will create a mini-page to
include in their newspaper. Activities can include: word
search with UGRR terms, dot-to-dot, crossword puzzles, hidden pictures,
anagrams, and comics.
- Each student will contribute to the
class newspaper. If this was used for older grades students can work
in partners, small groups or independently to create their own newspaper.
- The paper will be copied so that
each student will have their own newspaper to share.