Educator Resources

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Educator Resources

Supporting Parents and Educators

Visit the links below to view our library of lessons and activities, suitable for learners of all ages.

These educator resources are designed to support anyone who wants to teach for social justice.

Social justice is not a singular topic to be “covered.” We encourage educators to utilize social justice as a lens through which they and their students evaluate the past and present all year long. To support this method of teaching, our materials expand beyond the historical events of the Underground Railroad to include a range of topics from various periods in history across the four core disciplines of social studies (civics, economics, geography and history). They also expand beyond social studies and provide opportunities for cross-content collaboration.

There are several types of materials included in our collection of educator resources. Informational texts, activity packets and professional development materials are labeled “resources.”  “Lesson plans” are materials designed to engage students for one or two class sessions. “Inquiries” are materials created using the C3 Framework and Inquiry Design Model. Learn More→

 

Freedom and Slavery are Opposites

Encourage kids to process their understanding of slavery and freedom through art and discussion.
K-2, 3-5
Social Studies
Lesson Plan

Talk to Your Kids About Modern Slavery

The following resources will prepare and support you for conversations about modern
slavery with children of all ages.
K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Social Studies
Resource

Phillis Wheatley: Poet

Learn about Phillis Wheatley and create your own poetry.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Social Studies, Language Arts
Resource

The Printing Press and Abolitionism

Visit the following resources to investigate the question: How did the printing press impact the abolitionist movement?
6-8
Social Studies
Resource

The Urgency of Our Pen: Literacy Laws

In this inquiry, students analyze materials that reveal the historical relevance of literacy and evaluate the importance of literacy, authorship, and publishing for abolitionism.
6-8
Social Studies
C3 Inquiry

John Anderson’s Slave Pen (9-12)

Through comparison, vocabulary and critical thinking, students will analyze the effects of treating humans as property rather than as people. Great for Grades 9-12
9-12
Social Studies
Lesson Plan

The Black Brigade of Cincinnati

The Black Brigade of Cincinnati was a military unit of African American soldiers organized in 1862 during the Civil War when the city of Cincinnati, Ohio was in danger of being seized by Confederate forces. The Black Brigade became the first organized African American group employed for military duty in the Civil War.
6-8, 9-12
Social Studies
Resource

Women’s Suffrage

Learn about the Women's Suffrage movement and the women who lead the charge for change.
6-8, 9-12
Social Studies
Resource

The Freedom Seeker

Learn about the Underground Railroad, Conductors, and routes to freedom taken by Freedom Seekers
3-5, 6-8
Social Studies
Resource

My RagGonNon

Create your own RagGonNon art work
K-2
Social Studies
Resource

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