Slavery is one of the darkness eras in American history and students absolutely love learning about this topic. This unit is, without question, the favorite among my students. The unit is like a narrative that begins with captivity in Africa, the Middle Passage and the conditions on a slave ship. The students will continue the journey learning about the horrors of auctions, the working conditions of field and house slaves, and the diabolical practice of flogging. Finally, students will learn how many slaves coped and gained freedom prior to the Civil War.
This unit includes an end of the unit Performance task with rubric and student instructions.
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Lesson #1 Slavery: Atlantic Slave Trade
Lesson#2 Slavery: The Middle Passage & Slave Ships
Lesson #3 Slavery: Auction Block
Lesson #4 Slavery: House & Field Slaves
Lesson #5 Slavery: Plantation System
Lesson #6 Slavery: How Did They Cope?
Lesson #7 Slavery: Freedom!
This unit has it all. A number of lessons that have been differentiated for EL and Students with learning disabilities. It is very engaging with a number of thought provoking images, videos and music. This unit is highly rigorous with use of primary source documents, DBQ questions, level 3,4,5 Depth of Knowledge (DOK) questions; teacher and student friendly reading and writing strategies (see links below), PowerPoint presentations, and graphic organizers.
This unit is aligned with Common Core Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Standards for both ELA and Social Studies.
Some of the Strategies included are:
Q.U.O.T.E.S Reading Writing Strategy
S.O.A.P.S Reading Writing Strategy
O.P.T.I.C Political Cartoon, Painting, Image Strategy
M.A.P.Scr Geography Strategy with Constructed Response
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