Product Review of Zinn Education Project: Slavery
The Zinn Education Project provides educators with an extensive collection of resources to challenge learners to think deeply about the impact of slavery and racism on individuals and the society as a whole. Teachers are encouraged to read Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, as many of the lessons build off ideas in the book. The collection includes free teaching activities and recommended books and films for purchase. Many of the activities will add depth to existing curriculum. For example, the Election of 1860 role play helps learners understand reasons for the Civil War, and the lesson on the Abolition Movement has learners deal with the challenges to ending slavery. In addition, there are opportunities to integrate other disciplines into student learning such as using The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas to examine resistance, and an art contest to capture the experiences of runaway slaves. In addition, the suggested books would be a good fit for any classroom library available for student enrichment.