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Learners create a database to show information about events in history. In this database lesson plan, students create and analyze information on the slave trade. Learners answer questions based on the information collected.
For this research about slavery worksheet, students use the Internet or other sources to gather information about the abolition of slavery in America. Students answer 4 short essay questions.
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.
In this geography instructional activity, students 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.
For this slave trade worksheet, students complete a chart about the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings people felt during the middle passage in the slave trade.
In this online interactive triangular trade worksheet, high schoolers answer 9 multiple choice questions regarding African slave trade. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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.
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.
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.
In this West African geography worksheet, students 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.
Eighth graders investigate the compromises that took place at the Constitutional Convention. In this U.S. government instructional activity, 8th graders "visit" the convention as they research and debate the issues that arose. Students journal about the activity.
Eighth graders study the U.S. Constitution and its major political concepts.  In this Constitution lesson plan students complete several lessons and answer questions. 
Sixth graders perform research about the following: The first framework of U.S. government, the Articles of Confederation, led to problems because the central government was not given enough power. Can a group of resourceful politicians find a way to please everyone and still plan an efficient government?
Students examine the St. John slave revolt of 1733. In this slavery and apartheid lesson plan, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Eighth graders view a documentary highlighting the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. They are given the worksheet called Timeline Dates, 8th graders use the dates to construct a timeline. Pupils research a person from the abolitionist movement, they create a poster highlighting the person.
Eighth graders research the Underground Railroad. In this Civil Freedoms lesson, 8th graders view a documentary, research a historical person, and write a position paper. This is an 5 day lesson which includes differentiated instruction, extensions, and interdisciplinary connections.
Students learn about the Underground Railroad. In this Civil War and slavery lesson, students discuss how successful slaves would be moving around at night, learn the secret vocabulary used for escape routes and review background about the Civil War and slavery. Students read If You Traveled the Underground Railroad and work in groups to reenact escaping to freedom.