This simulation, of the horrific conditions aboard slave ships, is based on the design specifications of the British ship “Brookes” and excerpts from the journal of Dr. Alexander Falconbridge. Falconbridge was a British surgeon who was forced to sail the Middle Passage in order to avoid being sentenced to debtor’s prison. He nearly died from a respiratory illness he caught on his fourth and final voyage. In this simulation, students recreate the design elements of a slave ship that made the Middle Passage so cruel to African captives and often deadly for all. Afterward, the students sit in their re-creation while a facilitator reads excerpts from Falconbridge’s journal and challenges students to analyze the underlying social and belief systems that allowed perpetuation of this “crime against humanity” for over 350 years. This exercise is designed to maximize emphasis on common core objectives and powerfully motivate high-level analysis.
This product includes:
➢ Blueprints for the slave ship Brookes
➢ Student materials with complete instructions for recreating critical aspects of the Brookes in your classroom
➢ Dramatic excerpts from Falconbridge’s journal that illustrate the degree of brutality required to sustain this system of slavery
➢ A detailed instructor’s simulation guide
➢ Definitions of historic terminology
➢ Supplementary historic background information on the politics and economics of slavery
➢ Common Core Alignment
The Slave Ship Simulation is an even more powerful instructional tool when used in conjunction with these additional primary source based lessons:
SLAVERY SIMULATION-MIDDLE SCHOOL DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
THE SLAVE TRADE: PHOTO IMAGES OF AFRICAN SLAVERY
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MIDDLE SCHOOL SLAVERY BUNDLE
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