Lesson Plan June 28, 2021

The Middle Passage


Warm-up: What do you know about how slavery began in America?

Introducing the Lesson: What is the Middle Passage?

Analyzing the Texts: 

  1. "The Middle Passage" by N.J. Amistad (excerpt)
  2. "The Middle Passage" poem by Clint Smith (from the New York Times)
  3. A Slave Pen from the Stanford History Education Group
  4. "Roots: The Middle Passage" video from the History Channel

Discussion and Activities: 

  1. Stanza-by-stanza analysis of poem. 
  2. "In Their Shoes" written activity. 

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