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The “Peculiar Institution” of slavery in America is full of moral dilemmas.  This lesson asks students to consider what it meant to be from a slave owner’s family and being asked to continue with the practice.

Please be sure to download the free Cognitive Moral Dilemma Teaching Guide, too, as it provides the methodology and lesson plan’s process.

This lesson is intended for use with an American History class, but can easily be adapted to be used as a writing prompt in Language Arts.

  • Subject Areas: Social Sciences, Sciences, Humanities, Language Arts
  • Materials Required: Whiteboard or display
  • Time Needed: Typically an entire class period