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Slavery Unit LA Social Studies – Grade 7 Spring 2011 Essential

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					         Slavery Unit LA/ Social Studies – Grade 7                             Spring 2011

         Essential Questions: What is slavery?

         Vocabulary: Mortality,

Day 1- Social Studies- Trans Atlantic Passage

        Post slave facts, one a day on board/project
        Read the “Prologue” section in, “To be a slave” (Lester)

Watch : http://videos.howstuffworks.com/discovery/30011-assignment-discovery-the-middle-passage-
video.htm

Then, display this route map      http://www.slaveryinamerica.org/geography/slave_trade.htm

Then in groups, have students research the following information:

1) European Beginnings of the Slave Trade

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1p259.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1p260.html

http://www.slaveryinamerica.org/geography/slave_ports_1750.htm

http://africanhistory.about.com/od/slavery/tp/TransAtlantic001.htm

Make sure to answer the following questions:

    a)   Who were the first people “credited” with beginning the European slave trade?
    b)   When did this practice begin?
    c)   How were slaves captured?
    d)   How was it possible to morally/legally to conduct such a business?

2) Triangular Trade

http://www.slaveryinamerica.org/geography/slave_trade.htm

http://africanhistory.about.com/od/slavery/tp/TransAtlantic001.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangular_trade

Make sure to answer the following questions:

    1)   Where did the trade begin?
    2)   Why was it known as a triangle?
    3)   What was the main industry that was being supported at this time?
    4)   Describe the continuous nature of the triangle.
3) African Slave Traders The African, who was also a Slave Trader and who captured other Africans as slaves and took them to the African coast:

"African Slave Traders"

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1p272.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1i3002.html

Make sure to answer the following questions:

     a)    Describe the role of the slave trader.
     b)    What dangers did the slave traders face?
     c)    How were slaves captured?
     d)    How do you think slave traders felt about their “cargo?” Were there other views?



4) Conditions during the Middle Passage

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1h280.html

http://africanhistory.about.com/od/slavery/tp/TransAtlantic001.htm

Make sure to answer the following questions:

     a) Describe the conditions during the Middle Passage
     b) What were rates of mortality for the passage?
     c) What do you think were the worst aspects of the voyage?



Day 2 – Social Studies – Slave Trade (Student Presentations)

          Post slave facts, one a day on board/project


Have students present their information to groups who record info on outline form (attached).

For your presentation to the class:

          Remember that the questions you have been asked to answer are main points, but you will need
           to add other information that you consider important.
          Decide who will present what information in your group, and remember to speak clearly loudly
           to make sure your audience understands you.
          Give them time to make notes while you are presenting.
Presentation Rubric                                        Below Standard   At Standard   Above Standard

St. 2 : Analysis of Facts and Concepts
St. 5 : Research Skills (important/relevant/interesting)
St.7 : Oral Skills (clarity, volume, eye contact)
Timely and Thorough

When students have finished presenting/ recording information, examine destinations in the Americas,
and begin with slave trading ports (Curacao, Jamaica, Cartagena)

Day 3 - Slave Trade Ports (worksheets and activity – Luanne)




Once in the Americas – What the Slaves were used for, what lives were like

http://www.historyonthenet.com/Slave_Trade/slave_auction.htm

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1h304.html

http://www.umich.edu/~ece/student_projects/slavery2/collection.html

				
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