Educational Materials
One of the goals of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has been to bring the work of historians to a primary and secondary school audience, allowing students to engage in the process of historical inquiry. To that end, a variety of lesson plans spanning a range of grade levels have been developed to offer teachers diverse approaches from which to teach students about the largest forced migration in history. These lesson plans are tied to national standards in Social Studies (National Council for the Social Studies), History (National Center for History in the Schools), and Geography (National Council Geography Education). Relevant lesson plans and educational resources located on other websites have also been identified, to help educators build a broad study of the trans-Atlantic slave trade into their curriculum.
In order to present the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database to a broader audience, particularly a 6-12 grade audience, a dedicated team of teachers and curriculum developers from around the United States developed lesson plans that explore the database. Utilizing the various resources of the website, these lessons plans allow students to engage the history and legacy of the Atlantic slave trade in diverse and meaningful ways. The lessons are all aligned with national standards in history (National Center for History in the Schools), social studies (National Council for the Social Studies), and geography (National Council for Geography Education) and range in both their grade levels and activities. The lessons also suggest readings for more information about the Slave Trade. The websites listed here provide a variety of resources, including but not limited to lesson plans, interactive maps, and narratives of enslaved Africans.
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