Thursday, May 28, 2015

Slavery in Missouri

published on: 6/21/2004

Contributing Teacher(s): Brian Latham

Subject Area: Social Studies/U.S. History

Grade Range: Middle Grades (6-8)

Materials Needed:

  • Information from and a scheduled visit to the below mentioned museum.


  • Students will be able to make realistic observations about artifacts connected to the life of slaves in Missouri.
  • Students will be able to describe the living conditions for slaves in pre-Civil War Missouri.
  • Students will be able to list the laws regarding the economic and political situation of slaves in Missouri.
  • Students will be able to assimilate historical information and use it creatively and effectively.

    Process Standards:

    • Goal 1.1 develop questions and ideas to initiate and refine research
    • Goal 1.8 organize data, information and ideas into useful forms (including charts, graphs, outlines)

    Content Standards:

    • Social Studies 2. Continuity and change in the history of Missouri, the United States and the world
    • Social Studies 6. Relationships of the individual and groups to institutions and cultural traditions

      Time Allowance: 4 1/2 hours

      Description: Learn about slavery and African-American culture in Missouri. -- Civil War, Missouri History

      Classroom Component:


      Teacher Activities

        The teacher must prepare the students for the museum visit with an introduction to the history of slavery in general and then in Missouri in particular. The teacher must explain the purpose of the journal to be created and model for the students what is deemed to be acceptable work. The teacher should help the students create some guiding questions to help them make the most of their field trip. The teacher should prepare themselves to make the most of the museum tour by having taken it themselves and thus being able to supplement the work of the guide.

      Student Activities

        After input from the teacher, students will make a timeline of slavery in the U.S., with relevant dates significant for Missouri included. Student will prepare a list of 20 questions which they hope to have answered by their museum visit The student upon returning will take what they have learned and create a journal with at least 10 entries and appropriate dates, which tells the story about slave life in Missouri (see the scoring guide provided).

      Students will have their journals assessed according to a scoring guide which they will be given at the beginning of the assignment and which is attached here.

      Slavery in Missouri Journal


        Create an identity that is relevant and appropriate. Include at least 10 general historical facts about U.S. and Missouri History from this time period. Give an account of the average family life for slaves in the Ozarks. Give an account of the work and economic situation for slaves at this time. Describe the political and legal situation for slaves at this time. Mention at least 3 relevant historical figures. List at least 3 historical events and their impact of the personage which you have created. There should be at least 10 entries with a minimum of 50 words for each.



      For additional information contact :
      Brian Latham
      Willard High
      Willard R-II
      (417) 742-3524

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