Card Sort: Abolition of the Slave Trade Debate

This fun and engaging lesson has been designed by experienced teachers and exhaustively field tested to help students understand the debate over the abolition of the Slave Trade in Britain 1787 - 1807. These resources are suitable for the full ability range and can used to launch into a number of different areas on Britain and the Slave Trade. The core task revolves around students sorting a series of statements or summaries of arguments put forward by both sides of the debate. The accompanying PowerPoint has been designed to provided to help facilitate the lesson, set the scene and provide a range of activities to help deepen and extend your students understanding of the debate.

When you purchase this resource, you will be able to download two documents. The first is a two page Word Document which includes aims, instructions, two heading cards and twenty two cards to be sorted under them. Normally when I teach this lesson, I give out the first page and depending upon the ability of the class or the progress that they making, I then give out the second page. to help extend the more able. The second resource is a thirteen slide PowerPoint presentation which has been designed to help facilitate the lesson. It includes starters, plenaries, information slides, links to appropriate video clips and additional activities that could be used to support your students including a source analysis question. For more information please see the detailed preview which includes screen shots of all the slides.

The aims and objectives of the lesson are:

Theme: Britain and the Slave Trade
Know: What was an Abolitionist?
Understand: What arguments were put forward by Abolitionists?
Evaluate: Why were some people opposed to abolishing the Slave Trade?
Skills: Source Analysis, Cause, Consequence & Collaboration

WILF – What Am I Looking For?
Identify & describe: What was an Abolitionist?
Explain: What arguments were put forward by Abolitionists?
Analyze: Why were some people opposed to abolishing the Slave Trade?

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Created: Jul 11, 2019


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