This lesson helps students to understand the development of race-based slavery in the colony of Jamestown, Virginia, and how this slavery was different than previous forms of slavery practiced around the world.
Students first view sections from a video titled "A Class Divided." In this video, a teacher decided to divide her students by their eye color, to see if they would treat each other differently. They did. When I have my students watch this video, they're shocked by how quickly the students change their behavior. Students then read a "Historical Background" which discusses how race-based slavery developed in colonial Virginia. It really helps them to understand that this type of slavery was about power. It also leads to great discussions about how this kind of thinking (without any basis in fact), has permeated U.S culture ever since.
The lesson is linked to NYS Social Studies Standards, but you could easily cut and paste in your own standards for your state.
NYS Framework Standards:
7.2d.2 - Students will examine the changing status and role of African Americans under the English colonial system.
7.2e.2 - Students will explain why and where slavery grew over time in the United States.
This zip file includes a PDF version, a PowerPoint version, and a link to a Google Slides version. Both the PowerPoint and the Google Slides versions are fully EDITABLE.
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