Slave Trade Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Use this video-based lesson plan to teach your students about the evolution of the slave trade. Students will watch an engaging video describing the economics of slavery and the triangular trade system, then discuss related ideas before finishing up with an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the economics of trade in America
  • explain and discuss 'triangular trade'
  • discuss why slavery evolved in Colonial America

Length:

1 hour

Materials

  • Copies of the quiz, one for each student

Key Vocabulary

  • Indentured servants
  • Triangular trade
  • African slaves

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

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