The Development of Race Based Slavery in Colonial Virginia Jamestown 13 Colonies


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 (1004 KB|5 + answer key)

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This lesson helps students to understand the development of race-based slavery in the colony of Jamestown, Virginia, and how this slavery was different than previous forms of slavery practiced around the world.

Students read a “Historical Background” which discusses how race-based slavery developed in colonial Virginia. They then analyze laws that were created to support this system. It really helps them to understand that this type of slavery was about power. It also leads to great discussions about how this kind of thinking (without any basis in fact), has permeated U.S culture ever since. There’s also a digital version that is specifically made for distance or hybrid learning. You can learn more by viewing the preview here.

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:

7.2d.2 – Students will examine the changing status and role of African Americans under the English colonial system.

7.2e.2 – Students will explain why and where slavery grew over time in the United States.

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.

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