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Notes for teachers
Contents and use of resources
The investigation has been designed to offer some degree of flexibility. Each case study can be used as a stand-alone unit or the two can be used in conjunction with each other. Each case study is then broken down into a number of sources thus allowing teachers to decide whether to use the material as a whole class resource or to break the class down into groups to work on individual sources. A worksheet has been provided so that students can record their conclusions in a Word document.
As with most historical sources, these accounts were written by adults for adults and, consequently, the language may be considered advanced. To help overcome this problem, a full transcript and a simplified transcript have been provided for every source. There is also a link to a glossary on every page. Nevertheless, some pupils may still need extra assistance. Teachers should also be aware that students may need advice on how to refer to the slaves. The accounts use terms such as 'Negro' which are no longer used today.
Each source is accompanied by a page of ‘More Information’ which provides basic background and contextual information. A Links button also appears on every page which directs students to other useful websites. Since the story of slavery is reasonably complex, a timeline has also been provided.
It also supports various aspects of the Knowledge, skills and understanding of the National Curriculum, namely historical interpretation, historical enquiry and organisation and communication. There are also clear links with ICT.
Ideas and activities
(b) Hold a debate on slavery with half the class supporting the abolition of slavery, the other half supporting its continuation.
(c) Use the sources and information contained in the Case Studies to write a PowerPoint presentation answering the question 'How were so many Africans enslaved?'
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