Teacher Lesson Ideas

The Nature of the Middle Passage

Introducing students to the Middle passage was first done by displaying an atlas and having the students find the countries associated with the Triangular Trade Route. Cargo transported on this route was listed, including human cargo. The students were given handouts that gave very vivid insights into the brutality suffered by the slaves on the ships. The students were asked to write a journal entry as a survivor of one of the transport ships who was taken into Charles Towne to be sold. The students were shows newspaper accounts of slave auction advertisements as a primary document. The aim was to have the students put themselves in the situation and relate details specific to their trip.

Sabrina Christianson
Drayton Hall Elementary
2005 Lowcountry Institute

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