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The following is a great activity for the Underground Railroad. There are many resources a teachers should review before introducing the unit to the class.

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Educator’s Guide

Activities: Click on the tabs below to browse through the materials in the guide. The OVERVIEW contains in-depth information about gameplay, classroom implementation, essential questions and goals, and alignment with learning standards. The BACKGROUND tab contains information about the characters, situations, events, and historical period presented in the game. The ACTIVITIES tab contains classroom activities to use with your students before, during, and after their playing of “Flight to Freedom”. The RESOURCES tab contains additional information to enhance and extend students’ learning about the time period. If you would like to print out ALL of the classroom materials, click on the “Complete FLIGHT TO FREEDOM Classroom Guide” link below.

 

Complete FLIGHT TO FREEDOM Classroom Guide DOC | PDF

  • About Mission 2: “Flight to Freedom” DOC | PDF

  • Mission 2 At A Glance DOC | PDF

  • Essential Questions DOC | PDF

  • Models of Instruction DOC | PDF

  • Learning Goals DOC | PDF

  • Standards Alignment DOC | PDF

Background:

 

For Educators:

  • Timeline of Historical Events Before, During, and After the Mission DOC |PDF

  • Educator’s Primer on the Historical Period DOC | PDF

For Students:

  • Glossary of Smartwords and Other Vocabulary DOC | PDF

  • Character Overview and Historical Figure Profiles DOC | PDF

  • Myths and Misconceptions DOC | PDF

  • Top 5 Things To Know Before You Play DOC | PDF

 

Activities:

Pre-Mission Activities

  • Pre-Game Activity #1 DOC | PDF

  • Pre-Game Activity #2 DOC | PDF

  • Pre-Game Document-Based Activity: Slavery By The Numbers DOC | PDF

 

Part 1: Behind the Big House

  • Part 1 Document-Based Activity: Slave Quarter Photographs DOC | PDF

  • Part 1 Vocabulary Activity DOC | PDF

  • Part 1 Writing Prompts DOC | PDF

  • Part 1 Review Questions DOC | PDF

 

Part 2: Runaway!

  • Part 2 Document-Based Activity: Life & Adventures of Henry Bibb DOC | PDF

  • Part 2 Document-Based Activity: Runaway Posters & Advertisements DOC | PDF

  • Part 2 Vocabulary Activity DOC | PDF

  • Part 2 Writing Prompts DOC | PDF

  • Part 2 Review Questions DOC | PDF

 

Part 3: Free and Not Free

  • Part 3 Vocabulary Activity DOC | PDF

  • Part 3 Writing Prompts DOC | PDF

  • Part 3 Review Questions DOC | PDF

 

Part 4: Gathering Forces

  • Part 4 Document-Based Activity: The Power of Rhetoric DOC | PDF

  • Part 4 Vocabulary Activity DOC | PDF

  • Part 4 Writing Prompts DOC | PDF

  • Part 4 Review Questions DOC | PDF

 

Part 5: New Times, New Troubles

  • Part 5 Document-Based Activity: CAUTION! Colored People of Boston! DOC | PDF

  • Part 5 Vocabulary Activity DOC | PDF

  • Part 5 Writing Prompts DOC | PDF

  • Part 5 Review Questions DOC | PDF

 

Epilogue

  • Epilogue Document-Based Activity: John Brown’s Raid DOC | PDF

 

Activities for Use Throughout the Mission

  • Engaging Students in Multimedia Projects DOC | PDF

  • Daily Log Sheet DOC | PDF

 

Resources:

Additional Media Resources DOC | PDF

Character and Scene Printables DOC | PDF

 

Primary Sources

ALL PRIMARY SOURCES DOC | PDF

  • Kentucky Slave Codes (1794 – 1850) DOC | PDF

  • The United States School Primer (1844) DOC | PDF

  • “A History of the Amistad Captives” Advertising Broadside (1840) DOC | PDF

  • Fancy Dresses from Godey’s Lady Book (1848) DOC | PDF

  • Slave Pass (1852) DOC | PDF

  • “Sale of Slaves and Stock” Poster (1852) DOC | PDF

  • “$1200 to $1250 Dollars! For Negroes!!” Poster (1853) DOC | PDF

  • Brer Rabbit’s “The Tar Baby” DOC | PDF

  • “INFAMOUS!” Kentucky Newspaper Editorial (1847) DOC | PDF

  • “Negro Stealing” Kentucky Newspaper Editorial (1847) DOC | PDF

  • Slave Narrative by Henry Bibb (1849) DOC | PDF

  • John Parker on the Challenges of Running Away DOC | PDF

  • “Plantation Police” in Mississippi, 1863 DOC | PDF

  • Interview with a Former Kentucky Slave About Escape and Capture DOC | PDF

  • William Lloyd Garrison, The Liberator: “I WILL BE HEARD” (1831) DOC | PDF

  • William Lloyd Garrison, The Liberator: “On The Constitution and Union (1832) DOC | PDF

  • Editorial From Anti-Abolitionist Newspaper in Ohio (1842) DOC | PDF

  • Proslavery Letter From Anti-Abolitionist Newspaper in Ohio (1848) DOC | PDF

  • Free Soil Party Platform (1848) DOC | PDF

  • “The Transportation of Free Blacks to Africa” (1850) DOC | PDF

  • Excerpt from Frederick Douglas Autobiography DOC | PDF

  • Summary of the Fugitive Slave Law DOC | PDF

  • “Caution!! Colored People of Boston” Anti-Slavery Poster (1855) DOC | PDF

  • “Great Sale of Slaves” Auction Poster (1855) DOC | PDF

  • “A Bold Stroke For Freedom” Print (1855) DOC | PDF

  • Harriet Jacobs on Impact of Fugitive Slave Law DOC | PDF

  • Sojourner Truth, “Ain’t I A Woman?” Speech (1851) DOC | PDF

  • “Political Chart of the United States” (1856) DOC | PDF

  • Letter From Participant in John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry (1859) DOC | PDF

  • Map of the Slave Population of the Southern States (1860) DOC | PDF

  • Anti-Slavery Fair Poster (1857) DOC | PDF

Additional Resources from EDSITEment DOC | PDF