Please Note: this material was created for use in a classroom, but can be easily modified for homeschooling use.
- Students will use vocabulary related to the Underground Railroad.
- Students will identify key facts related to the Underground Railroad.
- Students will evaluate their personal responses to the Underground Railroad.
- Students will make a judgment about the morality of the Underground Railroad.
- Discussion questions
- Set aside time for students to gather as a group and share and discuss their activity worksheet responses.
- Challenge the whole group to discuss the moral issues (e.g., right vs. wrong) that the Underground Railroad posed.
bounty hunters = people being paid to hunt for runaway slaves and return them to their masters
conscience = the sense or character that gives a person the feeling to do right or good
derogatory = negative
fugitives = people running away from something illegally
stamina = endurance
terrain = a piece of land or geographical area
- What was the Underground Railroad?
- Who traveled this path and why?
- Why was the Underground Railroad so dangerous?
- Why did the runaway slaves need to make it all the way to Canada?
- If you had been a slave in the 1850s, would you have tried to escape on the Underground Railroad? Why or why not?
- If you had been a white person living along the path of the Underground Railroad, would you have allowed runaway slaves to hide on your property? Use the back of this sheet or a separate piece of paper to explain your reasoning.
- Use a checklist to assess students' understanding of the factual, legal, and moral implications of the Underground Railroad. Assign a point value to each item.
_____ The student accurately answers the factual questions posed on the worksheet.
_____ The student is able to articulate his or her feelings about the Underground Railroad.
_____ The student supports his or her opinion with facts.
_____ The student participates in a discussion of the moral issues posed by the Underground Railroad.
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