Ch 2: Abolitionists Lesson Plans & Resources

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This informative chapter makes it easy to develop entertaining lessons based on important figures and events from the abolitionist movement. Improve your teaching strategies while helping students absorb key concepts using our lesson plans and activity ideas.

Abolitionists Lesson Plans & Resources - Chapter Summary

Give your students a quality overview of the abolitionists who worked to end slavery in the United States using the helpful teacher resources in this chapter. Whether you're looking to bolster your curriculum or develop new lessons, we can help. Explore our lesson plans, which include tips for instruction, assignment ideas, recommended materials for class and more. We also offer activity and project ideas that are designed to keep your students engaged during your lessons. Topics this chapter covers include the following:

  • Overview of the Abolitionist movement
  • The Underground Railroad
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Sojourner Truth
  • John Brown
  • Henry Box Brown
  • Nat Turner and his rebellion

Choose the resources in this chapter that can effectively build or strengthen your curriculum and lesson plans. In addition to lesson plans and activity and project ideas, take advantage of supplemental lessons and quizzes you can share with students in the classroom to enhance and assess their knowledge of abolitionists.

How It Helps

  • Learning objectives: Details academic actions students will be ready to take after completing lessons you've created using this chapter's teacher resources.
  • Curriculum standards: Ensures your abolitionist lessons closely align with education standards.
  • Discussion ideas: Offers discussion topic ideas you can use to encourage student participation during your lessons.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning abolitionist lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific Sojourner Truth, Underground Railroad and Nat Turner rebellion topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your abolitionist class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related abolitionist movement and key figures lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important abolitionist concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant abolitionist-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

22 Lessons in Chapter 2: Abolitionists Lesson Plans & Resources
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Abolitionist Movement Lesson Plan

1. Abolitionist Movement Lesson Plan

Who were the abolitionists and what mark did their work leave on America's history? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to introduce key figures in the Abolitionist Movement and an activity to engage students with the legacies of these individuals.

Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

2. Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

The abolitionist movement spanned decades. Although slavery did not end peacefully, great Americans like William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Beecher Stowe were some of the driving forces behind the anti-slavery movement.

The Abolitionist Movement Activities

3. The Abolitionist Movement Activities

Learning about the abolitionist movement can be truly inspiring, since it shows how people really came together to create change. The activities in this lesson will get your students thinking critically about how abolitionism worked.

Abolitionists Lesson Plan for Elementary School

4. Abolitionists Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan will help students learn about abolitionists and their historical significance, as well as effectively use domain-specific vocabulary when answering questions about text.

Sojourner Truth Lesson Plan

5. Sojourner Truth Lesson Plan

Who was Sojourner Truth and why was she pivotal in the history of America? This lesson plan uses a factual text lesson to explain these ideas and an activity to connect students with the powerful words of Sojourner Truth.

Sojourner Truth: Biography, Facts & Quotes

6. Sojourner Truth: Biography, Facts & Quotes

Learn about the life of former slave Sojourner Truth and some of the most significant statements, like her 'Ain't I a Woman' speech, that she made in her support of anti-slavery and women's rights.

Harriet Tubman Lesson Plan

7. Harriet Tubman Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about Harriet Tubman. Students will read about her life in slavery, then follow her journey as an abolitionist and spy. Finish up with a fun activity.

Harriet Tubman: Biography, Timeline & Facts

8. Harriet Tubman: Biography, Timeline & Facts

Explore the life and accomplishments of the Civil War humanitarian and spy Harriet Tubman and test your understanding about the history of African Americans in the Civil War.

Harriet Tubman Project Ideas

9. Harriet Tubman Project Ideas

Harriet Tubman is a key figure in the history of the United States. Students will learn more about her life and significance from pursuing the engaging interdisciplinary projects in this lesson.

Underground Railroad Lesson Plan

10. Underground Railroad Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan and materials from, you can help your students learn about the Underground Railroad. After the text lesson, let students create their own board game that takes them on a journey along the Underground Railroad.

What Was the Underground Railroad? - History, Facts & Route

11. What Was the Underground Railroad? - History, Facts & Route

In this lesson we will discuss how the Underground Railroad worked and why it was important. Learn more about the secret paths that many slaves took to freedom.

Frederick Douglass Lesson Plan

12. Frederick Douglass Lesson Plan

Teach your students about Frederick Douglass with this lesson plan. Students explore his life experiences, then dive into his narrative style. An activity allows students to use primary sources to analyze figurative language.

Frederick Douglass: Narrative and Style

13. Frederick Douglass: Narrative and Style

In this lesson, we will learn about Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who became one of the most powerful voices in the abolitionist movement in the United States. In addition, we will examine his written work, most notably his first autobiography - ''Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.''

Frederick Douglass Project Ideas

14. Frederick Douglass Project Ideas

Frederick Douglass is such an important figure in the history of the United States, and his life and works have a great deal to teach students about equity and activism. The projects in this lesson are designed to engage your students in thinking deeply about Douglass and the lessons he has to offer.

John Brown Lesson Plan

15. John Brown Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan and video lesson, you'll have everything you need to explain to your students the significance of John Brown, from his actions in Kansas to his raid on Harpers Ferry.

John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry: Fighting Slavery

16. John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry: Fighting Slavery

John Brown was a man of strong convictions - so strong that he was willing to fight, to kill, and to die for them. These abolitionist beliefs led him from Kansas to Virginia, where he would pay the ultimate price. This lesson tells that story.

Nat Turner Rebellion Lesson Plan

17. Nat Turner Rebellion Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, teach your students about the Nat Turner Rebellion. They will analyze this event as well as the most famous images of it and learn to look for biases in primary sources.

Nat Turner Rebellion: Summary & Facts

18. Nat Turner Rebellion: Summary & Facts

The Civil War was far from the first time that someone in the USA tried to fight against slavery. In this lesson, we'll check out the Nat Turner Rebellion, and see what impact this movement had on American history.

Henry Box Brown Lesson Plan

19. Henry Box Brown Lesson Plan

Slavery represents one of the darkest times in American history. This lesson plan examines the life and legacy of Henry Box Brown, a slave who escaped successfully. A text lesson and role-playing activity highlight critical facts.

Henry Box Brown: Biography, Quotes & Facts

20. Henry Box Brown: Biography, Quotes & Facts

Henry ''Box'' Brown was an enslaved man living in Virginia in the early 1800s. Eager to get his freedom, Brown shipped himself in a box to the Philadelphia Anti-Slavery Society. In this lesson, learn how this daring feat ended!

Underground Railroad Project Ideas

21. Underground Railroad Project Ideas

The Underground Railroad is something that students may learn best when engaging with it on a personal level. These project ideas can offer some ways to encourage deeper interaction with the material.

Underground Railroad Activities

22. Underground Railroad Activities

The Underground Railroad provided a means for thousands of slaves to escape prior to emancipation. This asset contains activities for teachers to use in classrooms while studying the Underground Railroad.

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