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Lesson Purpose

A lesson plan to help students gain an understanding of the lives of the enslaved people on Mount Vernon.  The students will use a primary source document, entitled the French’s Slave Census 1799, to research an enslaved individual in order to answer questions and write an introduction about the person. This lesson was created by 2017-2018 Life Guard Teacher Fellow Donella Smither.


Lesson Objectives:

  • Students will use a primary source document to match enslaved individuals to artistic renderings of other enslaved individuals who would have done similar jobs using the same tools.
  • Students will write an introduction about an enslaved individual of their choice. 

Related Standards:

  • Colonial America
  • Reading and Writing Literacy in History/Social Studies
  • Primary Source Analysis
  • Developing Research Skills