Slave Trade Memorial

Middle School Lesson Plan

Sept. 29, 2022, 5:36 p.m.

Lesson Plan Middle School LP

Slave Trade Memorial

Author: Michael Poreda
Grade Level: 6th - 8th grade
Course: US History, World History
Key Words: Slave Trade; Memorial; Middle Passage; Mortality Rates; Writing skills


This lesson asks students to demonstrate mastery of their knowledge about the Middle Passage by designing a memorial. The lesson contains several steps which teachers can use at their discretion to build an appreciation for what enslaved Africans were subjected to as they were forced to the New World, why this part of history should get a public memorial, and how that memorial should be expressed in words and image. The lesson uses mortality statistics from the database to help students gain an understanding of how many people died on a voyage, as well as reading comprehension questions and a PowerPoint Presentation of various monuments.


Teacher's Guide