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
African American History and Culture, Colonial History, History, Slavery, Social Studies
2 Hours
Group Size:
Up to 36 (6-12 breakout groups)
National/State Standards:
Slavery Systems, Primary Source


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


 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 needed:

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



 -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.


 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


enslavement, primary source

Last updated: April 14, 2015