Title: Slavery and Religion Lesson Plan Description (1-2 sentences): Review of academic papers addressing Narrative of the Life

of Frederick

Douglass; An American Slave by Frederick Douglass and Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe comparing the focus that both authors place on religion as a defense to slavery.
Subject: US History Instruction time: 45 minutes Student’s level by grade: 10th-11th Grade Standard(s) to be addressed: Understand the Role of individuals and groups within a society as promoters of change or the status quo. Learning Objectives for this lesson: Using both books as evidence, explain how slaveholders used religion to justify their actions and describe the results. Identified student needs and plans for differentiation: We will front load a lot of the vocabulary to ensure that students understand what they are reading. We will read the first page of each reading together and discuss things that are said. Guided notes will support independent reading and I will walk around to work with students individually who may be struggling. Students will also have access to the books if they choose to cite information directly from there. Specific resources needed for this lesson:

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; An American Slave by Frederick Douglass Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Lee Reighard’s reflection papers Guided Notes Instructional method(s) used in this lesson: Quick Write, Structured academic discussion, reading analysis Lesson Sequence: Hook – Quick Write: Many slave owners truly believed they were doing nothing wrong by owning other people. Why do you think that is? How did they defend their actions? Direct instruction/Modeling – Read First two paragraphs of papers and answer question from guided notes. Guided practice – Have students read aloud the next two paragraphs and discuss answers to next questions. Check(s) for understanding and scaffolding of student learning – Have students read the remainder of the articles while walking around to give individual help where needed. Assessment of/for learning & Closure of the lesson – Exit Slip; “According to these books, was religion in the 19th century a hindrance to freedom? How was it used to justify slavery? How was it used to help free slaves?”

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