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Students create a database to show information about events in history. In this database lesson, students create and analyze information on the slave trade. Students answer questions based on the information collected.
In this rice and the slave trade in 1790 and 1850 worksheet, students answer short answer questions about rice and the slave trade in 1790 and 1850. Students answer 11 questions.
In this slave trade worksheet, students list the feelings of a slave and slave trader at various times during the slave trade transport process.
Provide your class with a look of the scope and context of the African Slave Trade. Graphic images of lynchings, injuries from whippings, and slave auctions will leave viewers agape with horror and ready to discuss the question on the final slide: "Does slavery exist anywhere in the world today?"
Students identify and map the phases of the slave trade, the locations of colonies and communities settled by African slaves, and the impact the individuals have had on the area.
Students research the ways slavery shaped social and economic life in the South after 1800, the different economic, cultural, and social characteristics of slavery after 1800, and how the Atlantic slave trade finally ended.
Learners examine the historical role of religion in the slave trade. They view a narrative imbedded in this plan, then compose an essay based on what they've learned.
Students, after reading the Transatllantic Slave Trade, create a color coded triple-timeline to help them explain the chronological streams that flow through the essay.
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 activity, 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. For this U.S. government lesson, 8th graders "visit" the convention as they research and debate the issues that arose. Students journal about the activity.
Sixth graders explore ways to tie Afro-American history into the study of Connecticut. They compare Blacks in Connecticut with the different situations of Blacks in other parts of America. They study the period from 1848 to the present.
Eighth graders study the U.S. Constitution and its major political concepts.  In this Constitution lesson 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?
Your students' world will literally take shape in this presentation, which chronicles the growing edges of the (flat) earth during European Exploration of New Worlds. Dias, da Gama, Magellean, and Columbus are key players in this game of navigational chess, and students will be interested to see where each piece lands. Maps of the "known world" as well as photos of slave ships will also grab your students' intrigue.
Reading and writing often go together. After reading a material related to the great civilizations of ancient Africa use this worksheet to solidify students comprehension. There are 3 short answer questions related to Islam in Africa, the importance of African trade routes, and the African Kingdoms.
Wow, chapter one must be really long! The history review game that your class is about to play covers concepts that range from the Enlightenment and the Crusades, to the Conquistadors and the slave trade. There is a lot of information here, which makes this a great Jeopardy style review tool.
In this primary source analysis worksheet, students analyze the chart of voyages for the slave ship Brookes. Students respond to 2 short answer questions based on the information in the chart.
Fifth graders investigate the end of slavery and the hidden paths slaves used to travel.  In this U.S. history instructional activity, 5th graders examine the travel routes slaves used in Essex County known as the Underground Railroad.  Students write a fictitious letter to a former slave, Cato Freeman, and discuss the pros and cons of helping a slave during those volatile years.