Comparing Slave Trades: A Study of the Transatlantic and Trans-Saharan Slave Trades

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While most people are familiar with the transatlantic slave trade, there is less knowledge of another major external African slave trade in world history: the trans-Saharan slave trade. Pupils work in groups to read informational texts about these two slave trades as part of a jigsaw reading, and then compare and contrast their research.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have the focus questions clearly displayed for students to reference as they read their informational texts
  • Give class members guidelines and expectations for the quality and time they should put into their choice of presentation
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should have some understanding of European and Muslim exploration and expansion in world history prior to beginning this lesson

  • All handouts and worksheets included
  • Very clear instructional guidelines

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