These materials were developed to meet the needs of many different classrooms and to give teachers flexibility. They were written with middle-school children in mind, but students vary enormously by age, reading ability, emotional readiness for a difficult topic, and previous knowledge.

The following guide to the student materials includes descriptions that will help you know which pieces are most appropriate for your class or individual students whether they are in elementary, middle, or high school.

Click here to download the full CLASS MATERIALS GUIDE PDF.

Individual Classroom Materials for Teachers:

  • Teacher Guide - Download PDF
  • Buried Stories: Lessons from the African Burial Ground - Download PDF
  • White New Yorkers in Slave Times - Download PDF
  • Laws Affecting Blacks in Manhattan - Download PDF
  • Fact Sheet - Download PDF
  • Glossary - Download PDF
  • Photo Cards - Download PDF
  • Life Stories: Profiles of Black New Yorkers During Slavery and Emancipation - Download PDF
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