Grade 5

How Did Kossula Cudjo Lewis and Other Africans Experience Captivity and the Middle Passage?

Historians collect evidence. In this lesson, students will learn how prisoners were kept in West Africa before crossing the Atlantic Ocean by reading the text, reading a selection from Mr. Lewis, and carefully analyzing a primary source drawing of “slave factories." Students will collect evidence and then proceed to learn about the Middle Passage journey across the Atlantic by reading the text, carefully analyzing ship diagrams and descriptions, and reading a selection from Mr. Lewis. They will collect evidence to answer the mystery question: "How did Mr. Lewis and other Africans experience captivity and the Middle Passage?"

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