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Students analyze primary and secondary sources to explore slavery and emancipation, and write letter or diary entry from point of view of slave Hannah Harris or plantation owner Robert Carter. Students then dramatize their creative writing assignments.
Students discover details about abolition. In this slavery lesson, students watch Abolishing Slavery in America and then conduct further research about the events that took place on the Zong and Amistad. Students write essays that feature their findings.
Young scholars explore the writings of Benjamin Franklin. In this colonial America lesson plan, students study the achievements of Franklin and then paraphrase some of the proverbs he wrote in Poor Richard's Almanack.
Young scholars explore slavery by reviewing the written laws intended to keep African Americans subservient. In this U.S. slavery lesson, students analyze a time-line of the history of African Americans. Young scholars discuss the patterns of the time-line and how the legal codes restricted freedom of black men and women based upon their population.
Students examine the St. John slave revolt of 1733. In this slavery and apartheid lesson, students view the DVD "Slavery, Society, and Apartheid." Students respond to discussion questions regarding the content of the DVD which features the triangular trade route and the St. John slave revolt.
Students examine the role of slavery in the United States. In this American history lesson plan, students watch segments of the video "Slavery and the Making of America." Students conduct further research pertaining to Thomas Jefferson, Elizabeth Freeman, David Walker, Denmark Vesey, and Harriet Jacobs. Students also investigate slave census records. 
Middle schoolers determine how slavery threatened America's guarantee of liberty. In this slavery lesson, students analyze primary documents and write essays about their roles in the slavery debate in the United States.
Focusing on the Virginia and Maryland settlements in the 1600's, this presentation is a complete and thorough resource during a unit on Colonial America. It includes pictures, maps, and interesting discussion points for you to address with your history students. The length and breadth of this presentation makes it ideal to break up over many different class sessions as you complete your unit.
Students discover the times of Colonial America by creating a timeline.  In this U.S. History lesson, students research a teacher-directed website about African Americans in early colonial times.  Students utilize their information to create an accurate retelling of the events in this country by creating a timeline of the Colonial era and Africans being taken from their home.
This presentation offers an overview of the Atlantic slave trade, taking care to give the subject its due diligence and explain the origins of slavery, the types of products slaves were forced to harvest, the most common importers of slaves in the Caribbean and Brazil, how Europeans acquired slaves through trading, etc. The narrator emphasizes understanding the economics of slavery to fully comprehend the tragedy of the institution, and offers startling statistics to the uniquely horrifying nature of chattel slavery in the Atlantic.
Fourth graders recognize and can describe the settlers of Early America. In this American colonies lesson, 4th graders research using primary and secondary sources, Native Americans, Europeans, and African Americans role in the colonies. Students will keep journals of the readings and compare and contrast information. Students will create T-Charts for presentation.
Students explore U.S. history by participating in a government activity. In this Constitution lesson plan, students identify the role government plays in our society and the differences the British colonies had in the early 18th century. Students read assigned text which describes the historical event and complete worksheets and study questions.
Students explore specialized societal roles in the southern colonies, and simulate plantation owners' attitudes.
The history of the northern states' involvement in the slave trade is not widely known. This resource uses the PBS documentary, Traces of the Trade, and the nonfiction book, Children of the New England Slave Trade, to examine this aspect of slavery in the US. Both works are the result of the author's accidental discovery that an ancestor, living in the North, was a slave holder. After discussing the issues raised by these texts, individuals are encourage to search their own family trees to uncover stories in their family histories. 
Students acquire background information and act out a play about slavery.  In this play lesson, students become the characters in history to gather information about slavery.
Sixth graders examine the use of slavery in the United States. Using a map, they draw the route of the Tecora and Amistad voyages. Individually, they write an essay describing their opinions on whether the Africans on the ships should be able to go free. They write a journal entry role-playing as someone on the ships and re-write one of the books in the form of a cartoon or children's book to end the lesson.
High schoolers research George Washington's stance on slavery. For this slavery lesson, students examine primary documents that reveal the relationship between Washington and his slaves at Mount Vernon.
Students explore US history by completing an ancestry activity. In this slavery lesson, students research Internet sites and identify the slave trade routes used several hundred years ago. Students create a timeline based on African American slavery and read several biographies of former slaves.
High schoolers examine the history of slavery, and the evolution of the transatlantic slave trade. They watch a video on slavery, read essays, and organize and develop a 15-minute presentation on the history of slavery.
Eleventh graders compare and contrast the visions of abolitionists and proponents of slavery. In this slavery lesson, 11th graders read primary documents representing both sides of the slavery issue and use graphic organizers to analyze the pieces. Students then compose essays that compare and contrast the views of slavery. 

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