The Atlantic Slave Trade and the Middle Passage 13 Colonies Stations Activity


Social Studies – History, U.S. History, African History
Grade Levels
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Resource Type
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
File Type
Zip (14 MB|16 pages)


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Through this lesson, students learn about the Atlantic Slave Trade and the Middle Passage by visiting 5 stations that discuss Triangular Trade and the experience of enslaved Africans along the middle passage. Students practice writing a historical context through their exit tickets. This activity is a great way for students to examine all aspects of the Atlantic Slave trade by examining primary sources, statistical data, and interactive maps.

For the classroom version, you will need at least 2 computers for students to visit (or Chromebooks or iPads) to view two of the stations. The digital version is assigned though Google Classroom.

The lesson is linked to NYS Social Studies Standards, but you could easily cut and paste in your own standards for your state.

NYS Framework Standards:

7.2e.1 – DESCRIBE the conditions of the Middle Passage.

This zip file includes a PDF version, a PowerPoint version, and a link to a Google Slides version. Both the PowerPoint and the Google Slides versions are fully EDITABLE. The digital version is only provided in a Google Slides format.

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