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Flight to Freedom: the Underground Railroad


Mission US 2: Flight to Freedom provides an interactive role-playing game that is available for streaming or download. The player assumes the role of a slave and journeys to freedom via the Underground Railroad. The player makes choices, has conversations with characters, and learns about life on a Southern plantation and the struggle for the  freedom of slaves.


    Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    Students will be able to:

    • Describe the rise of the Underground Railroad and its leaders, including Harriet Tubman and the impact on the abolitionist movement.
    • Identify causes of the Civil War including states' rights and the issue of slavery

    Activity Details

    1. Students will need to log into the Mission US 2 game, "Flight to Freedom".
    2. The student(s) will create their own path to freedom by assuming the role of a slave on a Southern plantation during the antebellum period of history. 
    3. During their journey, students will be given different options to choose to continue their journey.  Based on their choice, their journey will change and they will have to face the consequences.
    Assessment Strategies

    Assessment Strategies

    At the completion of the game, students will write about their experiences as a slave in their journal.

    Variation Tips

    The interactive "Flight to Freedom" may be projected for a whole-group playing experience or as independent activities for students.

    Background and Preparation

    Background / Preparation

    Technical Preparation:
    • Teacher will need to register for a "free" account and create user names and passwords for each student in order to play "Flight to Freedom."
    • Teacher will need to either stream or download "Flight to Freedom" ahead of time on the computer(s) being used by the students.
    • Students will need headphones if the learning asset is used as an independent activity.
    • Teacher will need projector, interactive white board (optional), and speakers if the activity will be completed as whole group instruction.

    Background Knowledge:

    • Students will have been introduced to the abolition movement and the network of the Underground Railroad.