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Educator: Courtlin Lee

Grade level:4th Grade

Subject:Social Studies

Date of lesson:

Length of lesson: 45 minutes

Lesson Topic:

Economical and moral factors behind slavery.


Overall Goal: (Broad action statement using non action verbs) “Students will understand


To understand the moral and economic factors behind slavery.

Learner Background: (This addresses why the lesson is being taught.) Describe the students’

prior knowledge or skill related to the learning objective(s).

Students will have discussed slavery in 3rd grade and have some prior knowledge on the subject.

Curricular Standards: Identify the primary state standard(s) this lesson is designed to help

students attain. (If required, include the national and/or local standards as well.)

4-6.3 Explain the specific events and issues that led to the Civil War, including

sectionalism, slavery in the territories, states’ rights, the presidential election of 1860, and


Student Learning Objective(s): Identify specific and measurable learning objectives for this

lesson. Use action verbs. “Students will be able to….”

● Students will be able to understand why slavery was so important to the South.

● Students will understand why some Southerners felt as if they were helping by

participating in the practice of slavery.

● Students will understand the economic gains of slavery for the South.


Part I: Describe how you will check for student understanding during the lesson. (Formative)

● There will be a fill in the blank quiz at the end of lesson highlighting specific areas of the

Part II: How will you ask students to demonstrate mastery of the student learning objective(s)?

Attach a copy of any assessment materials you will use, along with assessment criteria/rubric.

(Formative or Summative)

● I will ask students to describe what they have read and how it applies to our current topic.

Materials/Resources: List the materials you will use in each learning activity including any

technological resources.

● Smartboard

● Laptops

● Internet

The Lesson


Part I - Briefly describe how you will introduce the lesson, engage students in the lesson and

connect it to previous learning. (This is intended to motivate students.)

I will introduce the lesson by having a picture of the website pulled up on the smartboard. I will

then explain the task for the day and ask them their thoughts.

Part II – (This is intended to bridge to the lesson: set expectations for learning, articulate to

learners what they will be learning in this lesson and why this is important).

In this lesson they will be learning about the economic and moral reasons behind slavery. This

important because although slavery was a terrible time in history, it is very important that we

understand the reasons behind it.

Lesson Development: Describe how you will develop the lesson: what you will do to model or

guide practice and the learning activities students will be engaged in to gain the key knowledge

and skills identified in the student learning objective(s). Include the questions you will ask,

identify and explain the instructional grouping (whole class, small groups, pairs, individuals) for

each lesson segment, and include the approximate times for each. Indicate how diversity will be

included. Include reference to Bloom’s taxonomy to identify higher levels of thinking.

1. Introduction (5mins)

2. Exploring the website/reading material (5mins)

3. Reading (25mins)
4. Class discussion (5mins) (children are allowed to share their thoughts and opinions)

5. Quiz (5mins) (to assess their understanding of the reading)

Closure: Briefly describe how you will end the lesson, help students understand the purpose of

the lesson, and show how it will connect to future learning. (Interact with learners to elicit

evidence of student understanding of purpose(s) for learning and mastery of objectives)

After the quizzes have been collected I will end the lesson by foreshadowing that although

slavery ended after the Civil War. There was still tension between the North and the South and

although African Americans were “free”, they still faced many hardships.