Life as an Enslaved People

As part of a study of slavery in the United States, class members analyze documents related to the sale of slaves. They consider not only the text of the bills of sale but also what the appearance of the broadsides suggest.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have older students research anti-trafficking organizations and activists like Jada Pinket Smith and Ming Dang
Classroom Considerations
  • The PDF version (the last IM) has multiple files within it that may not appear the same for everyone when it first opens; however, it has important documents for the lesson (pdf of the lesson, worksheet, or rubric, etc). Look for multiple files within in the IM pdf.
  • The third in a series of six related resources
  • Ensure that class members can have a respectful discussion about sensitive issues
  • Requires multiple copies of multiple handouts

  • Includes a detailed plan with step-by-step directions
  • The questions for younger learners are designed to address the uncomfortable feelings the topic gives rise to
  • None