International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, 23 August
1. Slavery and forced labour
What is slavery? Why is it still allowed to happen? This useful introduction covers the subject from a historical standpoint to the modern day.
2. Slavery: the Abolition Project
Africa is key to learning about slavery. This classroom activity explores the history of enslavement on the continent. It also considers Britain's involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and the abolition movement.
3. Slave triangle
What was it like to be involved in the slave trade? In this activity, students imagine they are on a quayside in West Africa as a European slave ship drops anchor, and picture themselves either as a merchant or as someone about to be sold.
4. A memorial to slavery
Evidence of the slave trade remains in the UK today. Show students the great houses built on the trade's profits and the gravestones of its victims in this lesson from TES Connect partner English Heritage.
5. Discovery box
Is seeing believing? Anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson used a box of goods from Africa to prove to audiences that it was wrong to trade in slaves. In this activity, students decide what their evidence would have been.
6. Slavery and the Caribbean
What connects Bob Marley, Thomas Clarkson and slavery? All is revealed in this PowerPoint and plan for eight lessons.
7. Resistance to slavery
What role did the slaves play in ending their bondage? Find out in this lesson that details African resistance to the trade, from attacking slave ships to staging revolts and reducing profitability on plantations.
8. William Wilberforce
Introduce your class to the tactics used in campaigning against slavery, focusing on petitions to Parliament, William Wilberforce and poems by William Cowper.
9. Chapter and verse
"Have you wondered why we settle in groups? We fight, fly, flee for the right to safety." Use this poem to explore the impact of being a displaced person.
10. West Africa: the effects of slavery
Students can use the maps, pictures, presentations and essays of this extensive resource to research the effects of slavery, while those with African roots could discuss how they feel.
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