Voices of the Past: Northern Illinois and the Underground Railroad Virtual Field Trip
8th Grade/Middle School
What to Expect
The Underground Railroad digital field trip experience will take students through our historic grounds and houses to learn about different viewpoints represented in the Naperville area and Illinois in the years leading up to the Civil War. Student learning outcomes include:
Describe Illinois’ significant and unique role in the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery activity
Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources to gather historical evidence
Practice historical thinking, including chronological understanding, historical analysis and interpretation, and evaluating the factors in historical decision-making
Describe the roles of political and social organizations in reflecting and shaping opinions
Form an understanding of various perspectives and positions on enslavement found in Illinois and in the United States in the years leading to the Civil War
Appreciate the agency and leadership of Black abolitionists, Freedom Seekers, and Underground Railroad supporters
Explain complex interactions of cause and effect between people, places, organizations, and events
LIVE Sessions 1, 3, & 6: Synchronous learning sessions include real-time facilitation by our museum educator team.
ON YOUR OWN Sessions 2, 4, & 5: Asynchronous learning sessions include teacher and student led discovery of history through videos, virtual images with interactive pop-ups to explore buildings and artifacts, activities, and see primary documents and objects out of the Naper Settlement archive.
Each field trip consists of 6 sessions and each session ranges from 25 to 50 minutes in length. To embark on the field trip, students and teachers will need access to the internet and a computer that has audio and video capabilities. Naper Settlement uses Google Classroom as the platform for our distance learning experiences and Google accounts are needed for access.