All of the information presented in this diary came from South Carolina's third grade social studies standards/support documents. Based on the standards, the students must explain the role of Africans in developing the culture and economy of South Carolina, including the growth of the slave trade; slave contributions to the plantation economy; the daily lives of the enslaved people; the development of the Gullah culture; and their resistance to slavery.
Slavery is an abstract concept to third graders, so the purpose of this diary is to help your students have a better understanding of what slavery was like. The students will write from a slave's point of view.
1. "Aboard the Slave Ship"- Students will write about the long journey from West Africa to the U.S. and the unsanitary conditions aboard the slave ship.
2. "At the Auction"- Students will write about what it is like to see slaves being sold to plantation owners.
3. "Plantation Life"- Students will write about the work they have to do on the plantation.
4. "Gullah Language"- Students will listen to Gullah and then write words in Gullah.
5. "Stories Around the Fireplace"- Students will listen to two stories told in Gullah and then write about their favorite one.
6. "Sweetgrass Baskets"- Students will learn about the tradition of basket weaving. They will also learn about the different foods and crops the slaves would have carried in the baskets. Students will make a craftivity for this lesson.
7. "Two Worlds Collide"- Students will use a Venn Diagram to compare their lives with the lives of slaves.
8. "Reflection"- Students will write about 1 thought, 1 emotion, and 1 question they have about slavery. They can use the diary and the Venn Diagram as a reference.
***Lesson plans are included at the end to assist you in using the diary. These lesson plans are detailed and provide websites and resource recommendations for you to use. ***
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