Black History – The Abolitionists

Black History : Black History Month : The Abolitionists – Heroes and Heroines of the Antislavery Movement showcases the contributions of several men and women who worked tirelessly to advance the abolition of slavery, a cause close to their hearts and at the forefront of the conscience of many Americans. While there is an long list of historical figures who could have been included here, these represent a sampling of those prominent in the movement, from a variety of backgrounds.

In this packet you will find a page of informational text about each figure, carefully researched for accuracy and highlighting the significant contributions made by the individual. Featured are:

  • Frederick Douglass
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Charles Sumner
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Harriet Tubman
  • John Brown
  • Abraham Lincoln

Each informational article is followed by a page of questions that require close reading of the text and reflective thought by the student. Answer keys are included for all pages. Each article stands alone. You therefore have the option to use as many or as few of the articles as suit your purpose and time frame.

Included at the end of the packet is my Close Reading Informational Text: A Common Core Graphic Organizer for Any Text, available separately in my store, but included here at no extra charge. Useful for any informational or non-fiction text on any subject, it can be completed in one session or done over a period of days. It hits the goals of repeated, close reading, vocabulary building and in-depth comprehension with repeated returns to the text embedded in the activities. It is suitable for a wide range of ages from late elementary through middle school and beyond and is useful for all subjects. It is also perfect for substitute teachers and homeschooling families or anyone who appreciates carefully scaffolded activities. Use it again and again.