Triangular Trade Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teaching students about the triangular trade route can get sticky. Use this Study.com lesson plan to guide students through the three legs of the route, then evaluate historical significance. Follow up with a student-made informational gallery walk.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize key events
  • explain triangular trade
  • interpret historical significance of triangular trade

Length:

45 minutes to 1 hour for lesson and planning; 1-2 classes to finish gallery and explore

Materials

  • Chart paper
  • Art supplies, such as markers and colored pencils
  • Maps of the triangular trade region, one for each student

Key Vocabulary

  • Triangular trade
  • First leg of triangular trade route
  • Middle passage
  • Third leg of triangular trade
  • American Revolutionary War

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.SL.7.4

Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

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