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Colonial New York Slave Codes: Law and Order
Build a historical perspective from four different points of view. Young historians take on the role of a slave-owning white person, non-slave owning white person, slave, or free African-American person and imagine what life would be like based on their reading. They each write a reaction to the seven Colonial New York Slave Codes from the perspective they chose. The lesson concludes with a class discussion that is sure to be engaging.
Colonial New York Slave Codes: Pedro's Walk
Look critically at the slave laws instated in Colonial New York. Your class examines primary source documents, slave laws, a narrative account from a slave's perspective, and Slave Codes. They write diary or journal entries in response to the codes from the perspective of either a slave or a slave owner.
Eighteenth-Century Slave Codes
Students explore slavery by reviewing the written laws intended to keep African Americans subservient. In this U.S. slavery lesson plan, students analyze a time-line of the history of African Americans. Students discuss the patterns of the time-line and how the legal codes restricted freedom of black men and women based upon their population.
Slavery in Arkansas, Market to Misery
Students determine the factors that were considered when purchasing slaves at market or through the purchase of an estate. They examine the Arkansas Slave Code and share its content through a group activity.
Which Bad Was Worse?
Fifth graders utilize the slave code documentation to comprehend the similarities and differences of the lives of slaves during slavery. They compare and contrast the life of a northern slave to a southern slave, and describe laws relating to slaves.
Effects of the Stono Rebellion
Fourth graders learn about a slavery rebellion. In this slavery lesson, 4th graders work in groups to review different non-violent ways enslaved Africans protested slavery. Students learn about the Stono Rebellion, read a letter detailing the accounts of the rebellion, and review the new slave codes.
Slavery: Past, Present and Future
Sixth graders explore the history of racism by analyzing legal documents. In this slavery lesson, 6th graders collaborate in small groups to read the Alabama Slavery Codes from the 1800's and discuss their relevance to today's society. Students utilize the web to research slavery further and complete a worksheet.
A Nation Divided
Eleventh graders complete a unit of lessons on the U.S. Civil War. They write journal entries, watch and discuss a video, read and discuss articles and books, conduct a debate, write essays, and write a song based on slave treatment or Civil War heroes.
"An Eye For An Eye, A Tooth For A Tooth"
Sixth graders debate their reactions to two different historical documents about managing a society. In this U.S. history lesson, 6th graders read two articles on codes and laws from different time periods and debate their thoughts.
Labor Needs in Colonial America
Students examine the labor needs in colonial America. Using primary and secondary resources, they explore the major events and life in the United States during colonial times. They complete a chart listing the pros and cons of a slave during this time period.
Using Primary Sources in the Classroom: Slavery Unit Lesson 1: Slave Code of 1833
Learners explore the concept of slavery. In this primary research lesson, students read the Alabama Slave Code of 1833 and discuss its implications. Learners also examine emancipation-related documents and respond to questions regarding the documents.
Colonial North America
Showcase the religion, conflicts, daily life, and politics of Colonial North America. A very well-done presentation highlights all the major colonial groups, social norms, demographics, and political struggles of the time. Perfect for an independent work station, and great for note taking or for added interest during lecture.
Students read "Slavery's Past, Paved Over or Forgotten" from The New York Times and discuss as a class. This activity is the introduction for researching a topic on the history of slavery in the U.S. Student groups present their information at a teach-in.
Slavery, Society, and Apartheid
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.
History Review: Slavery in America
Test, quiz, or just remind your class on what they know about slavery during the 1800s. They'll answer nine questions regarding slave codes, plantation crops, and the Underground Railroad. The presentation is formated as a Hollywood Squares-style game.
Students examine and draw conclusions from an excerpt from a slave narrative. They analyze excerpts from two recently discovered slave narratives. They draw connections among the narrative excerpts and historical texts by investigating some of the themes. Finally they reflect on their own places in the histories of their families or communities for readers in the next century.
Am I Really Free?
Fourth graders write about slavery and freedom. In this freed slaves lesson, 4th graders read historical information about free blacks during slavery and explore books, objects and slave narratives to learn more. Students write a story, essay or poem related to what they learned.
The Geophysics And Cultural Aspects of the Greater Antilles
Learners determine location by using longitude and latitude. They measure to the minute longitude and latitude of a place and select a body of land and determine its location. They approximate time zones by using every 15 degrees of longitudinal change to represent 1 hr.
Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements
Learners discuss the Atlantic slave trade and the facts about the St. John revolt. In this investigative instructional activity students write a personal account of a person involved in the revolt.
Writing in First Person about the Atlantic Slave Trade Lesson Plan
Young scholars investigate the Atlantic slave trade. In this slavery activity, students watch "Slavery, Society, and Apartheid," as well as "Slave Ship." Young scholars discuss the information presented in the videos, especially St. John's Revolt. Students write creative pieces from the perspectives of those involved in the revolt.