Black Peoples of America & Slavery
KS3 outstanding lessons Slave trade and Civil Rights
As you know, there is no statutory requirement under the current curriculum to teach about Black Americans per se though slavery is still included. The following lessons on Black Peoples of the Americas and slavery have all been judged to be outstanding according to OFSTED criteria.
The title of this section reflects the fact that the new curriculum should not any longer be boxed up into just seven discrete silos called study units. Instead there should be fluidity between and across periods and places. What you will find here initially is a response to the attention paid to slavery recently with the recent bicentenary of the abolition of Britain’s involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
The first lesson on the list asks pupils to imagine they are advising a film director. How should the Middle Passage be shot? The second, looks at the key question as to why the slave trade was abolished in 1807 when 20 years previously few would have predicted it. The third, links history and literacy through the use of poetry. The fourth, is a superb enquiry using original slave plantation records to encourage pupils to test and then generate hypotheses. The fifth, takes an overview approach in which pupils have to create their own living graph to look at the whole movement for Civil Rights as a long-term evolutionary movement , not a one-off event.