Diamond 9: Why was the Slave Trade abolished in 1807?

This outstanding lesson is designed to provide stretch and challenge for middle and upper ability students studying why the Slave Trade was abolished in 1807? The core task revolves around students sorting a series of diamond shaped cards which explain why the slave trade was abolished revolving around economics, religion, slave resistance and the work of the abolitionists. 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. If you are looking for a similar activity for lower and middle ability students, then please check out my card sort on this topic.

When you purchase this resource, you will be able to download two documents. The first is a single page Word Document which includes aims, instructions and nine diamond shaped cards tobe sorted. The second resource is a thirteen slide PowerPoint presentation which has been designed to help facilitate the lesson. It includes starters, plenaries, information slides, and additional activities that could be used to support your students including a source analysis of the views of four historians. For more information please see the detailed preview which includes screen shots of most of the slides.

The aims and objectives of the lesson are:

Theme: Britain and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Know: Why was the Slave Trade abolished?
Understand: What different factors influenced Parliament in 1807?
Evaluate: Which factor was the most influential in persuading MPs?
Skills: Cause, Consequence, Significance & Collaboration

WILF – What Am I Looking For?
Identify & describe: Why was the Slave Trade abolished?
Explain: What different factories influenced Parliament’s decision in 1807?
Analyse: Which factor was the most influential in persuading MPs?

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Created: Aug 18, 2019

Updated: Sep 4, 2019


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