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Slave Trade Memorial
Students develop a memorial to the slave who endured the Middle Passage. In this slavery memorial lesson, student culminate a unit of study about slavery by creating a memorial for Africans who traveled the Middle Passage to slavery. They develop an inscription for a plaque that tells about the Middle Passage, the economic factors that contributed to slavery and describes the terrible conditions on the ships.
The Atlantic Slave Trade
In this geography worksheet, middle schoolers complete 2 graphic organizers by noting how 4 situations led to development of the Atlantic slave trade and noting 4 consequences of the Atlantic slave trade. Students also write a descriptive paragraph utilizing 2 related vocabulary terms.
The Slave Trade: Capture and Middle Passage
In this slave trade activity, students complete a chart about the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings people felt during the middle passage in the slave trade.
African Slave Trade
In this online interactive triangular trade instructional activity, students answer 9 multiple choice questions regarding African slave trade. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Atlantic Slave Trade
The horrors of the Atlantic slave trade are covered in this presentation. Intended as an accent to a lecture, learners will see images, answer questions, and engage in an activity intended to help them understand the conditions of Middle Passage.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN POETRY BEFORE EMANCIPATION
Explore poetry written by African-Americans before emancipation. 8th graders create collages, and explain why they chose specific stanzas. They display the collages on the class bulletin board that demonstrate an understanding of the American Civil War.
The Voices of Slavery
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.
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.
Unit: Washington and his Slaves: The Impact of Williamsburg on George Washington
There are a number of factors that may have influenced George Washington's decision to free his slaves upon his death. This resource invites class members to consider the extent to which his time spent in Williamsburg contributed to this choice. There, he witnessed the horror of slave auctions that separated families. Using readings, videos, and a series of questions, young historians attempt to determine the impact of these experiences on Washington. There is no formal assessment or culminating project.
Middle Passage: a Journey of Endurance
Students determine that thriving African cultures engaged in international trade and exploration before the emergence of European civilization. The study ancient Ghana, its geographic locale, the diversity therein to include its people, their lifestyles, languages, and customs.
The History and Legacy of U.S. Slavery
Students examine the institution of slavery in the United States. In this slavery lesson, students watch "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North," and discuss reparations legislation in the United States. Students debate reparations legislation and write position papers on the topic.
Triangular Trade and Its Effects
Students investigate the trade routes and investigate goods and services were transported along each route. Given a primary source document, that represents a personal story related to the triangle trade, they discuss given questions.
Compromise is the Key
Eighth graders investigate the compromises that took place at the Constitutional Convention. In this U.S. government lesson plan, 8th graders "visit" the convention as they research and debate the issues that arose. Students journal about the activity.
Students engage in a role-playing situation to illustrate the kinds of compromised that were made a teh Constitutional Convention. They write three short 1-2 paragraph arguments and then present their arguments to the class at the appropriate time during a debate.
The U.S. Constitution: Backbone of America
This unit is an introduction to the U.S. Constitution. First, 8th graders read the Articles of Confederation. They pretend to be a visitor to the convention and write a journal describing the compromises that "save the day." Next, they research how the concepts of representative democracy work within the framework of our government as outlined in the Constitution.
What's It All have to Do with Me?
Students explore local history and relate to National Events. In this primary documents activity,students explore eyewitness accounts of events at special moments in American history. Students recognize symbols of our country. Students explore the slave trade and answer guided questions.
West Indies and The Caribbean: Sugar & Slavery
Students study the state of the world before the slave trade. They explain the geography and economics of the slave trade. They explore primary sources and how historians use these sources to create historical interpretations.
For this West African geography worksheet, middle schoolers read about the history, culture, and life in West Africa. Students take notes and answer 4 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
Conductor, Composer and Jazz Trumpeter
Young scholars investigate the life and education of current conductor, composer, and jazz musician Thara Memory in this 50-minute activity introducing a two day unit. A video of Thara is included.
African Slaves in Haiti
Sixth graders examine how Africans were treated in the Caribbean and Haiti after reading about the Atlantic Slave Trade. From a multicultural information passage, they complete a time line on Toussiant L-Ouverture and write an obituary.