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The African Slave Trade: From West Africa to South Carolina and Beyond
Eighth graders explore the African slave trade. They identify the principal figures practicing the African slave trades at three locations. Students draw the physical routes of the slave trade on a map and they list the reasons for the...
8th Social Studies & History
Slavery: How did the Abolition Acts Affect the Slave Trade?
Students investigate the abolition of slavery by examining historical documents. In this U.S. history lesson, students view photographs of East African residents who were forced into slavery. Students write about the information they...
4th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts
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...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
Streams of Time Lesson Plan: Visually Organizing the History of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Students read, The Transatlantic Slave Trade, and then in teams, focus on one section of the essay. They write down key events and dates, with a brief description of each, and organize it chronologically onto a timeline.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Primary Source Worksheet: Excerpt of Senate Bill Proposing an End to the Slave Trade
To sign or not to sign? That is the question facing readers of the 1807 bill proposing an end to the slave trade. After a close reading of excerpts from the bill, readers are asked to advise Thomas Jefferson either to sign or reject the...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History
History and Memory Worksheet
What is the difference between what we remember of the past and how that is eventually interpreted as history? After reading a quote that posits an answer to this question, learners complete a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
ESL Holiday Lessons: Abolition of Slavery Day
In this language skills worksheet, students read an article about Abolition of Slavery Day. Students respond to 6 matching questions, 29 fill in the blank questions, 30 multiple choice questions, 12 word scramble questions, 30 short...
7th - 11th English Language Arts
Voices from the Trans‐Atlantic Slave Trade
Young historians trace the roots of African slavery and learn about the causes and effects of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade through a PowerPoint presentation and by reading and discussing excerpts from the book Copper Sun.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable