John Brown's Raid at Harper's Ferry Martyr or Murderer? Point of View


Grade Levels
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Social Studies – History, U.S. History
Resource Type
Activities, Handouts
Formats Included
Google Apps™
5 pages/ 7 slides

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This lesson has students discuss John Brown’s Raid at Harper’s Ferry. Students examine differing viewpoints regarding the raid, including two newspaper editorials, a drawing portraying John Brown, Frederick Douglass’s account of Brown and Brown’s speech in defense. Through their analysis, students practice the skill of point of view.

Then, students create a political cartoon where they come up with their own portrayal of Brown. Students are provided with guidelines regarding a political cartoon so that they really assess John Brown’s actions, and don’t just draw a cartoon of the event. My students really loved this lesson, and came up with some great points of view!

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  • A Detailed Lesson Plan

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