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Students research the Atlantic slave trade during the 18th century. In this slave trade instructional activity, students read a narrative about colonial expansion in the Americas and the rise of slavery in the United States. Students write down what they know about the Atlantic slave trade in the 18th Century and answer questions in the form of an essay, narrative, or a journal entry.
Students analyze the effects of the slave trade on the New World and African culture. They comprehend the role of the Middle Passage in the slave trade. Pupils evaluate the violation of human rights as seen in the African slave trade.
Fifth graders research documents they are given on the Triangular Trade Route and write essays about the components of the route. In this Triangular Trade Route lesson plan, 5th graders are given a choice of 6 documents.
Students study the impact of the Transatlantic slave trade. In this slavery lesson, students read activity and artifact materials to determine how the slave trade impacted carnival and racist attitudes that still exist.
Eighth graders compare the use of rice in the 1700s to the modern use of rice. In this lesson examining the importance of rice in US history, 8th graders learn about the role of rice in the early 1700s and compare the use of rice in cooking then to the modern use of rice in cooking.
In this slave trade instructional activity, students use the provided Atlantic Slave Trade statistics to create a pie chart and a bar graph. Students also respond to 4 short answer questions.
Students examine the conditions and treatment of slaves on ships. Using documents, they role-play different scenerios, African Americans would have faced on the Amistad. They write letters or create a poster showing their hardships.
Student examine the elements of literature. In this literature lesson, students follow the provided procedures to review the novel Copper Sun by Sharon Draper.
Students consider Slavery in the Civil War. In this lesson on slavery, students explore and analyze primary source documents in order to gain background information prior to reading Stealing Freedom. Students will view a slide-show and discuss the life of a slave.
Students investigate the culture of Cuba as sung through the music. They listen to the music in order to create a context for class discussion about hispanic popular culture and its influences.
Students identify and interpret how the slave trade was managed in the Southern colonies by experiencing a slave auction. They also develop empathy for Africans kidnapped and brought to Northern America. Finally, students construct maps of colonization and exploration to explain European influence in North America.
In this music worksheet, students investigate the history of music and the musical style of the Caribbean islands. Students read a 1 page information sheet about the region and its music. Students answer 8 questions.
For this Caribbean music worksheet, 8th graders read about the cultural background of the Caribbean nations and about the characteristics of the music. They examine call and response, ostinato, and syncopated rhythms. They answer 8 questions based on the reading.
Use the power of primary sources to help young historians understand the conditions Africans endured while being shipped during the slave trade. After reading an excerpt from Eyewitness Accounts of Slavery in the Danish West Indies, learners create a semantic map showing the various challenges of this experience. Consider pairing this excerpt with several other primary source documents for an even more authentic study.
Eleventh graders read actual arguments regarding the status of free blacks in Illinois and slavery in the United States more generally.
Students research African American history and the Underground Railroad. In this African American history lesson plan, students discuss the Drinking Gourd. Students read 'If You Traveled the Underground Railroad' and discuss. Students work in groups to reenact the escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Students order the events relevant to the Underground Railroad.
Students explore about the British ban on slave trading and compare it to high profile campaigns today. They discuss what motivates people to behave in this way? What do students want to change, and how would they go about doing this?
Young scholars read an article on the British Empire.  In this ESL lesson, students explore the British Empire from the 1600's, then work in small groups to complete several activities that reinforce the information learned in the reading. 
Students examine how human migration started in Africa, and draw maps of Africa and place the names of the countries and capitals on the maps. They write essays on how Africans came to America.
Eleventh graders explore the Civil Rights movement as a culmination of history and cultural perspectives developed from the Slave Trade and Reconstruction. They identify leading persons and organizations and their personal philosophy to gaining civil rights.