Card Sort: Why did the Transatlantic Slave Trade develop and grow?

These innovative and outstanding resources have been designed to help students understand the origins and development of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and how it developed through an investigative card sort. What makes this resource unique is that the first core tasks gets students to arrange the cards into what they think is the chronological order or chain of events in order to create their own narrative or history of what happened. The second core task gets students to organise the cards under one of six headings or possible reasons or factors that explain why the Transatlantic Slave Trade developed or grew. This is then followed by a priority task in a thinking skills triangle activity.

When you purchase this resource you will be able to download two documents. The first is a one page Word Document which includes aims, instructions, heading cards and twelve heading cards to be sorted under them. The second is a fourteen slide PowerPoint presentation which has been designed to help facilitate the lesson. It includes starters, plenaries, information slides, additional activities that could be used to support your students including an extended writing task, review activity and cartoon source analysis. For more information please see the detailed preview which includes screen shots of a slides.

The aims and objectives of the lesson are:

Theme: The Black Peoples of the Americas
Know: What was the Transatlantic Slave Trade?
Understand: Why did the Transatlantic Slave Trade grow and develop?
Evaluate: What was the most important factors?
Skills: Source Analysis, Cause, Consequence & Collaboration

WILF – What Am I Looking For?
Identify & describe: What was the Transatlantic Slave Trade?
Explain: Why did the Transatlantic Slave Trade grow and develop?
Analyse: What was the most important reasons for its growth?

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Created: Jul 9, 2019


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