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North Star Tour Pre-Visit

This lesson plan is intended as an introduction to the North Star tour for grades 3 & 4.

It will introduce your students to the role enslavement played in the United States during the time before the Civil War, as well as how the Underground Railroad helped freedom seekers north. This lesson plan will also help orient your class to the layout of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC), specifically the galleries and exhibits which you will see during your time here. Students will learn how freedom seekers used the night sky to find their way to freedom, communicated with one another through songs, and how the Cincinnati region was central to both the trade in enslaved persons as well as resistance to enslavement.

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