Analyzing a Petition about Slavery

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Practice analyzing primary sources in a thought-provoking lesson on the impact of slavery. Young historians read a petition regarding the Fugitive Slave Law and answer a series of questions to understand the importance of the document. Academics also review vocabulary words and participate in a group discussion to ensure understanding of key concepts. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils write newspaper articles describing the petition
  • Guide a group discussion on the differing views toward slavery during the time period 
Classroom Considerations
  • Some learners may need additional help analyzing historical documents 
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  • Lesson is adaptable for middle and high school social studies
  • The resource provides additional background knowledge to enhance learning 
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