To learn about conditions on board a slave ship, and the method by which Africans were sold into slavery.
1 class period
In this lesson, students read a story about the Atlantic slave trade (also known as the transatlantic slave trade) with missing words, names, and terms. For each blank space, two possible answers are given in parentheses. Each class member needs to decide which words in the parentheses should be written in the spaces in order to correctly complete the sentences.
Have the students work individually during class time. They will learn a great deal about the Atlantic slave trade.
Next, in a section entitled "Gustavus Vassa Crosses the Atlantic," class members read a primary source account that is one of the few first-hand descriptions of a slave ship crossing the ocean. Once finished, students will answer questions. Some can be answered using specific information from the reading. Others require critical thinking skills.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress.
The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.
See also, AMERICAN/U.S. HISTORY CURRICULUM LESSONS 16-30 of 150
LESSON 16: The Jamestown Settlement
LESSON 17: The Pilgrims
LESSON 18: The Puritans
LESSON 19: Salem Witchcraft Trials
LESSON 20: Jeopardy: Founding the Colonies
LESSON 21: Settlers Cross the Atlantic
LESSON 22: Slaves Come to America
LESSON 23: William Penn and the Quakers
LESSON 24: Colonial Period: The People
LESSON 25: Colonial Period: Ways of Living
LESSON 26: Colonial Period: Economy.
LESSON 27: Colonial Period: Trade and Commerce
LESSON 28: Colonial Period: Government
LESSON 29: Colonial Period Life and Times
LESSON 30: Match Game: Benjamin Franklin