Slavery in North Carolina
The resources on this page are designed to provide an opportunity for students to explore the history of slavery in North Carolina by reading slave narratives. Through these lessons, students will analyze the cultural background and the daily life of the authors of these narratives.
The following resources and lesson plans have been provided by the University of North Carolina Libraries. To learn more about this topic, read the Slavery in North Carolina story from UNC Libraries.
- Slave narratives: A genre study by Dayna Durbin Gleaves
- Grade 9 English Language Arts and Social Studies
- In this lesson, students will read selected excerpts from slave narratives, determining common characteristics of the genre. Students will then write their own slave narratives as a slave from their region of North Carolina, researching for historical accuracy and incorporating elements of the slave narrative genre to demonstrate understanding.
- Slavery across North Carolina by Dayna Durbin Gleaves
- Grade 9 Social Studies
- In this lesson, students read excerpts from slave narratives to gain an understanding of how slavery developed in each region of North Carolina and how regional differences created a variety of slave experiences.
- Two perspectives on slavery: A comparison of personal narratives by Dayna Durbin Gleaves
- Grades 9-12 English Language Arts and Social Studies
- In this lesson, students will evaluate and critique authors’ perspectives. Students will read two first-person narratives and analyze how each text is influenced by its author’s cultural background.
- Spirituals and the power of music in slave narratives by Dayna Durbin Gleaves
- Grades 4-5 Music Education and Social Studies
- In this lesson, students will read short excerpts from slave narratives describing the importance of music in the lives of slaves. Students will then learn about spirituals through listening to songs and discussing the value of music. This lesson could also work well as a collaborative unit with the music teacher.