Lesson Plan

Freedom is Coming: Songs of Freedom, Resistance & the Underground Railroad

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Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
classroom

Overview

This unit requires students to engage in research using provided websites. They are first exposed to ante-bellum American slavery through use of several selections from the two cd set FREEDOM IS COMING: SONGS OF FREEDOM, RESISTANCE, AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, available from the New Orleans Jazz NHP. They should already have an understanding of the facts of ante-bellum American slavery. If they do not, the teacher should provide a unit on American slavery, or use one of the units provided

Objective(s)

OBJECTIVES: Students will:


 Demonstrate an insight into the nature of ante-bellum American slavery.


 Use suggested internet sites to research the nature of contemporary slavery, including slavery in the United States today.


 
 Through journal entrees and other activities, show an understanding of connections between the experiences of ante-bellum American slavery, as communicated by the songs, and contemporary slavery.


 
 Engage in a citizen action such as letter writing to newspapers, internet media outlets, and community leaders to address the issue of contemporary slavery.

Background

This unit requires students to engage in research using provided websites. They are first exposed to ante-bellum American slavery through use of several selections from the two cd set FREEDOM IS COMING: SONGS OF FREEDOM, RESISTANCE, AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, available for teachers for free via download from the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.


They should already have an understanding of the facts of ante-bellum American slavery. If they do not, the teacher should provide a unit on American slavery, or use one of the units/lessons provided by the Jazz Park


 
Students will then use several sites to research modern slavery.


 
Activities are suggested, but teachers should use their judgment to develop research projects that match the academic levels of their students.

Procedure

Park Connections

African American spirituals are one of the key musical ingredients used to create jazz music. The New Orleans Jazz NHP serves to interpret the origins, early history, and progression of jazz music. The park offers live performances monthly that are connected to the Freedom is Coming CD.

Vocabulary

Antebellum slavery, African American spirituals, Underground Railroad,

Last updated: April 14, 2015