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Triangle Trade

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Just a simple collection of unit segments to use when teaching about slavery. This will also help fight against common misconceptions of slavery in the west.
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The Voyage of Slaves in the Transatlantic Slave Trade

For Teachers 5th - 10th Standards
Use best-teaching practices to discuss the practices and implications of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Here you'll find a detailed lesson plan involving a variety of collaborative and engaging components, including image analysis,...
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Atlantic Slave Trade

For Teachers 7th - 9th
The horrors of the Atlantic slave trade are covered in this presentation. Intended as an accent to a lecture, learners will see images, answer questions, and engage in an activity intended to help them understand the conditions of Middle...
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Abolition of Slavery

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the Triangle Trade Route. In this slave trade lesson plan, students investigate the profits brought by the goods and people traded. Students also participate in a classroom activity that requires them to replicate how...
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One Country's Slave Trade

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students examine the slave trade. In this research skills lesson, students research the slave trade in a selected country. Students use databases to locate pertinent information in order to prepare an oral presentation.
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Stowage of the British slave ship Brookes under the Regulated Slave Trade Act of 1788

For Students 8th - 12th
In this primary source analysis learning exercise, students analyze the diagram of regulated slave trade cargo. Students respond to 2 short answer questions about the diagram.
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Comparing Slave Trades: A Study of the Transatlantic and Trans-Saharan Slave Trades

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
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...
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The African Slave Trade

For Teachers 8th - 11th
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...
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Slave Trade Day

For Students 5th - 10th
In this Slave Trade Day instructional activity, students complete activities such as reading a passage, matching phrases, fill in the blanks, choose the correct word, multiple choice, unscramble the words, sequencing, unscramble the...
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The 1808 Slave Trade Abolition Deadline

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students study the trans-Atlantic Slave trade. In this slave trade lesson, students study the Constitutional Convention Notes and the impact on United States slavery. Students research the slave trade database and other primary sources...
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Two Views of the Slave Ship Brookes

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Actual ship diagrams and a table of voyage data gives young historians an authentic glimpse of on-board experiences during the Atlantic Slave Trade. The class examines a projected diagram of the slave ship Brooks, recording thoughts....
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African Influences in Brazilian Music

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Brazilian music, culture, and religion have been heavily influenced by African's who were brought to South America during the time of slave trading. This presentation covers the blending of two cultures which resulted in Afro-Brazilian...
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“The Door of No Return”: An Introduction to the African Slave Trade

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
Learners view a PowerPoint presentation and write about the experience of a fictional captured slave in their introduction to the African slave trade.
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Voices from the Trans‐Atlantic Slave Trade

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
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.
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Jeopardy: History Review

For Teachers 9th - 11th
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...
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Primary Source Worksheet: Excerpt of Senate Bill Proposing an End to the Slave Trade

For Students 8th - 11th
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...
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Many Passages: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Brookes

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Examine three perspectives of the slave trade - captain, sailor, and captive - through this collaborative analysis activity. Small groups study one perspective with a primary source to analyze. They discern what is a historical fact and...
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Excerpt from Eyewitness Accounts of Slavery in the Danish West Indies"

For Students 7th - 12th
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,...
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ESL Holiday Lessons: Abolition of Slavery Day

For Students 7th - 11th
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...
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Rice and the Slave Trade

For Students 5th - 10th
In this rice and the slave trade in 1790 and 1850 instructional activity, students answer short answer questions about rice and the slave trade in 1790 and 1850. Students answer 11 questions.
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Free at Last: The African American Struggle for Civil Rights

For Teachers 12th
A timeline of African Americans and their trials and tribulations over the past 500 years is presented here. The slides proceed in chronological order from the slave trade to Reconstruction to the civil rights movement all the way to...
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The African Slave Trade: From West Africa to South Carolina and Beyond

For Teachers 8th
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...
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Writing in First Person about the Atlantic Slave Trade Lesson Plan

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners investigate the Atlantic slave trade. For this slavery lesson, students watch "Slavery, Society, and Apartheid," as well as "Slave Ship." Learners discuss the information presented in the videos, especially St. John's Revolt....
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Streams of Time Lesson Plan: Visually Organizing the History of the Atlantic Slave Trade

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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.