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Standard 5.0 History

Topic C. Conflict between Ideas and Institutions

Indicator 4. Analyze the institution of slavery and its influence on societies in the United States

Objective b. Analyze the experiences of African-American slaves, and free blacks

To help students understand the experience of slavery, have them read slave narratives ( There are a variety of activities students can complete using slave narratives to illuminate different aspects of slavery. A few possibilities include:

While reading a slave narrative, have students underline 6 to 10 phrases that they believe capture the essence of the slavery experience. Have students work those phrases into a “found poem.”

Have students read narratives from slaves in the Upper South and compare them to narratives from slaves in the Deep South. How were the experiences of slavery similar and different? Why?

Compare the narratives of field hands with those of domestic slaves or slaves in cities.

Using information gathered from a slave narrative, have students draw pictures of life representing that enslaved African American’s experiences.

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