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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.
In this triangular trade worksheet, students read a 3-paragraph description of the triangular slave trade. Students then cut out 3 pictures and 3 text boxes and paste them in the appropriate places in the graphic organizer to show what was traded by whom.
Pupils analyze the ways slavery shaped social and economic life in the South after 1800, methods of passive and active resistance to slavery; escaped slaves and the Underground Railroad, and the ending of the Atlantic slave trade.
Students analyze the influences on urban life in the early and late 19th century, different economic, cultural, and social characteristics of slavery after 1800, the rise of racial hostility, and the ending of the Atlantic slave trade.
Young scholars read a portion of the narrative, The Transatlantic Slave Trade, to explain the ethnic origins of enslaved Africans brought to the US. They create charts and bar graphs comparing ethnicities in the lowlands and tidewater regions.
Students create a picture/poster or write a letter demonstrating their knowledge of why slavery was wrong. They describe what they think the travel was like for the Africans coming to America.
In this crossword puzzle learning exercise, students read 9 clues related to the African slave trade and the middle passage. Students complete the crossword by solving the clues.
Students reach The Domestic Slave Trade, then examine the differences between the people enslaved in North America as opposed to those in Brazil.
In this crossword puzzle worksheet, students read the clues related to the slave trade and the slave Olaudah Equiano. Students complete the 11-word puzzle.
Combine subjects with a cross-curricular writing exercise. Although limited as an engaging or interactive activity, this African Civilizations worksheet has learners responding to 3 clear and simple prompts, each of which can easily lead into deeper research. Historians outline the role women and geography played in Africa's development over time, and describe the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade as a turning point in world history. Consider using as a reading companion.
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.
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.
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.
Students explore local history and relate to National Events.  In this primary documents instructional 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.
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.
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.