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A Framework for Teaching American Slavery

Grade Level Grades K-12
Resource Type Assessment, Handout, Lesson Plan


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Most students leave high school without an adequate understanding of the role slavery played in the development of the United States—or how its legacies still influence us today. In an effort to remedy this, we developed a comprehensive guide for teaching and learning this critical topic at the middle and high school levels.

Here are a few key elements of the framework and the accompanying resources:

  • Key Concepts and Summary Objectives | Important big ideas and critical content students must know to understand the historical significance of slavery. (Select the Summary Objectives below to see teaching suggestions and additional resources.)
  • Primary Source Texts | The Teaching Hard History Library features over 100 student-friendly sources, all with text-dependent questions.

  • Teaching Tools | Browse six sample Inquiry Design Models, based on The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards.

  • Podcast | Hosted by Professor Hasan Jeffries, this series brings us the lessons we should have learned in school through the voices of leading scholars and educators.

  • Student Quiz | Use this 12-question quiz as a formative assessment.

  • Webinar | Join us live on February 13 or learn on demand.

Want more resources on American slavery?

Check out more free lesson plans and resources on Share My Lesson in the American Slavery Lesson Plans: Teaching Hard History.

american slavery #12 Partner Lesson of 2018


1 Review
This resource from Teaching Tolerance (follow them!) and the American Slavery collection on SML are excellent!
Kelly Booz
December 13, 2018

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