Middle Passage Story Book Project

Major Assessment

Objective:

Students will learn about the Middle Passage, the story of the largest forced migration in recorded history. Students will thoughtfully investigate this part of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade including the experience of Africans as captives and human cargo, the voyage, slave ships, and captors.

Assessment

Student learning on this assignment will be partially demonstrated by showing a class presentation of your story book and evaluated using a rubric based on the following categories: organization, subject knowledge, creativity, mechanics, verbal techniques, eye contact, and group work.

The most impressive and accurate story books will be placed on display in the media center.

Assignment

Assignment:

You and a partner(optional) will create a poster size story book detailing three important aspects of the Middle Passage. Please choose three of the following topics to use as your “important aspects.”

1. Treatment of slaves

2. Conditions on the ships

3. Types of ships

4. Length and path of voyage

5. Slave traders (captors)

Your story book should have a title page and one page per important aspect (so 4 total pages).

Use the library books provided in class to help find the information you need. You may also use the links below to help you investigate and explore the Middle Passage.

YOU MUST INCLUDE A WORKS CITED LIST ON THE BACK OF YOUR STORYBOOK.

Required materials

· 2 pieces of poster board or 4 blank sheets of construction/printer paper

· (Optional) Something to bind them together like a book (yarn, rope, ribbon, metal rings, etc)

· Color pencils, Markers or sharpies

· Glue (you may need to hot glue some items)

Optional materials may include craft buttons or other decorative items, glitter, stickers, stencils, decorative paper, etc. Scrap booking materials work great for this project.

Rubric

1. Meets required length of 5 pages.

_____ Title Page, 10%


_____ Treatment of Slaves

_____ Conditions on the ships

_____ Types of Ships

_____ Length and path of voyage

_____ Slave traders (Captors)


3 of the 5 above topics must be present 20% each


_____ Works Cited Page, 10%


2. Illustrations ________ 10%

3. Presentation ________ 10%