Slavery in America Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

This lesson plan uses an engaging video to outline key concepts related to slavery. Students will learn about the roots of slavery, how it spread, how slaves lived, and how they revolted. Discussion questions and a culminating activity help concepts stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • give a history of the roots of slavery in America, including who, when, how, and why
  • demonstrate understanding of the slave trade
  • discuss the actions and reactions of slaves

Length

1 hour

Materials

  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Pencils
  • Colored pencils

Key Vocabulary

  • Indentured servant
  • New England Colonies
  • Slave codes
  • Slave revolts

Curriculum Standards

  • 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.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • 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.WHST.6-8.2

Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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