As many of you know, we have been studying Africa this year in our homeschool. As we finished up our studies of West Africa, we spent about a week learning about the Transatlantic Slave Trade and about slavery in general. My kids had not yet studied this in history.
We read a number of books… most of them had an incredible impact on the kids. You’ll need to read these and decide for yourself if they are appropriate for your own children.
From Slave Ship to Freedom Road (affiliate link) by Julius Lester — incredible paintings, thought provoking text.
Now Let Me Fly: The Story of a Slave Family (affiliate link)by Dolores Johnson wonderful story that traces a family from Africa to slavery in the USA and forced separation.
The Old African (affiliate link) by Julius Lester a very haunting tale that expresses the horrors of slavery.
The Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah Equiano (affiliate link) by Olaudah Equiano Adapted By Ann Cameron — This is the true story of an African boy who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. The descriptions of the middle passage and of slavery are powerful. We read this aloud in our homeschool and it is one of the most powerful books we’ve read together!
Story of the Civil War Coloring Book (affiliate link) by Peter Copeland
The Story of the Underground Railroad (affiliate link) by Peter Copeland – This is also a coloring book, but we copied a number of pages from this book too.
It took us nearly a week to read The Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah Equiano, (affiliate link) but it was well worth it. This autobiography was incredibly powerful and had images that we talked about in great depth. Equiano truly had an amazing life.
I also made some notebooking pages for the kids to add to their history notebooks. I left blanks for them to fill in their own text, though I included a bit more information if anyone else is interested. They cover
- the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
- Triangular Trade
- the Middle Passage
- Slavery in the New World
We used these pages at the end of our unit. I gave the pack to the kids and had them write about what they learned. I was pretty impressed with what they came up with.
These Transatlantic Slave Trade, Middle Passage and Slavery Worksheets are now part of our Slavery and the Civil War Packet.
Our Slavery and the Civil War Packet is 75+ pages:
You might be interested in these related posts:
- West African History — Free Notebook Pages, African Picture Books – which includes these free pages
- Geography of Africa — The Countries and Physical Features
- West African Art Projects: Morrocan Tiles, African Masks, African Music
- Learning about West Africa: Children’s Games and more
- Cooking with Kids: A Taste of Africa and the Middle East
- Learning about Islam — Free Worksheets and Resources for Kids (We learned the religion of Islam and then learned about the spread of Islam across North Africa and down into West Africa.)
- These posts on Ancient Egypt which also includes a free notebook page about the Ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses worksheets
- Africa Unit — Basic Facts about Africa which includes the free pack I made below:
You might also be interested in these packets:
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