This is an activity that I use to introduce the topic of slavery in my World History class. Though I usually use it just with my World History classes, I have used it in my U.S. History when beginning to discuss slavery in the Americas. In this activity, students visit nine stations around the room where they read about slavery throughout history. As students read, they complete a graphic organizer (see preview). This is a great way for students to learn about slavery around the world without using direct instruction, as well as introduce the topic in a quick manner. This activity takes about 40-50 minutes. In the past, depending on the individual class, I have paired students together. The readings cover slavery in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, the Caribbean, Spanish colonies, Britain, North America, and Nazi Germany. I follow this activity with a student-led discussion about the discoveries my students made from what they read as well as the patterns they noticed.
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Slavery around the world stations readings
Slavery around the world graphic organizer
Slavery around the world graphic organizer-teacher copy