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THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Grades:

7-12

Overview

This lesson first introduces students to the Underground Railroad and its function, then asks them to interpret primary source documents and read about a modern-day journey in order to assess the larger historical significance of the Underground Railroad.

Time Frame

3 hours

Objectives

  1. Learn about the experiences that travellers on the Underground Railroad had to undergo.
  2. Link the past to the present by comparing the experiences of the original passengers on the Railroad to those of a modern traveller retracing a route they followed.

Extensions

Reproducible student sheet for this exercise