Lesson Plan

Slavery Systems in America

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Tabby slave cabins at Kingsley Plantation

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Grade Level:
Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
Subject:
African American History and Culture, Colonial History, History, Slavery, Social Studies
Duration:
2 Hours
Group Size:
Up to 36 (6-12 breakout groups)
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
SS.912.A.2.1
Keywords:
Slavery Systems, Primary Source

Overview

Students will use Kingsley Plantation as a setting to explore how slave systems in Florida varied under the Spanish, British, and American rule.

Objective(s)

 Student will:

  • Activate prior knowledge and organize brainstormed ideas using bubble thinking maps.
  • Identify the main idea of a slave narrative excerpt.
  • Compare and contrast the American and Spanish systems of slavery using double bubble thinking maps.
  • Analyze family structures and changes over time using historical inventories and accounting records. 
  • Compose a document-based essay comparing and contrasting the American and Spanish systems of slavery.


Materials

 Materials needed:

  • Student paper, pens/pencils
  • A white board and markers
  • Class sets or digital copies of the documents below


Procedure

Assessment

 -Formative: Bubble thinking maps for "brainstorming"

-Summative: Have students go back to their original bubble thinking maps, on which they record their brainstorming, to cross pit incorrect information and add new understandings.

-Summative: Have students use the documents provided in this lesson to compose a document based question essay comparing and contrasting the American and Spanish slavery systems.

Extensions

 Explore the effects of the American and Spanish systems of slavery on contemporary race relations in the United States vs. Latin America. 

Accommodations: ESE/ESOL:  Have students complete a shortened written assignment, composing one paragraph comparing and contrasting the two types of slavery that happened in Florida. Have students illustrate each bubble of their double bubble thinking maps. 

Additional Resources

 Recommended reading: One of the seminal works on this topic is Frank Tannenbaum's Slave and Citizen.  It is highly recommended to both teachers and students.

This lesson plan was developed by Heritage High School teacher Hannah Markwardt after attending A Florida Humanities Council summer teacher workshop

Vocabulary

enslavement, primary source