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Hard Times and Hope

Length: 9 lessons
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 1st – 2nd Grades
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How to Use This Course

This supplementary history class is the perfect unit to add to your American history study with younger elementary students. Students will look at topics including indentured servants in the colonies, slavery, immigration, and the significance of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Course Introduction

Each lesson includes text about the topic, comprehension questions, discussion questions, and links to related material.

  • Week One: Indentured Servants, Slavery in America, Plantations
  • Week Two: Negro Spirituals, Underground Railroad, Finding Freedom
  • Week Three: Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, John Brown
  • Week Four: Abraham Lincoln-Education, Early Life in Politics, The President
  • Week Five: Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation, Frederick Douglass
  • Week Six: Post Civil War, Clara Barton, the Gettysburg Address, and the Assassination of President Lincoln
  • Week Seven: Reconstruction and Three Constitutional Amendments, Booker T. Washington, and George Washington Carver
  • Week Eight: Immigration
  • Week Nine: Citizenship, Rights, and Responsibilities

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