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Teacher Resources

Standards alignment, background information, vocabulary, suggested activities, and student and teacher bibliographies for Historic Newton's education programs. (These files require the Adobe Reader.)

  • Underground Railroad: Passage to Freedom -- For grades 4-6; this program uses primary documents to introduce the abolition movement through the activities of William Jackson, his brother Francis, and his entire family at the Jackson Homestead who were active abolitionists in the nineteenth century.
  • Abolition: Examining the Evidence -- For grades 7-12; through the use of primary documents and cooperative learning approaches, students explore what is known, what can be inferred, and what may never be known about local abolition activity. This is an ideal program for students studying slavery, abolition, race relations, and local history.
  • If You Lived at the Jackson Homestead - Students discover how life was the same and different 150 years ago by studying primary sources and handling objects. Help your students prepare for their visit to the Jackson Homestead with vocabulary or a pre-visit lesson, and then bring it all together in your classroom with one of our post-visit lessons. Also includes Massachusetts History & Language Arts curriculum alignment for Kindergarten through 5th grade.