This lesson sequence for Year 8 students was written by Stephen John Roberts from The Queen Katherine School in Kendal.

Overall enquiry question

What would a traveller to the West African coast during the late 17th and 18th centuries have witnessed?

Learning objectives

Students will acquire and/or practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting original sources
  • Forming and testing hypotheses
  • Producing narratives and explanations based on evidence
  • Working independently and collaboratively

Students will acquire the following knowledge:

  • Geographical and cultural history of West Africa during the late 17thC and early 18thC
  • Why Europeans went to West Africa and what they did when they got there
  • How Africans and Europeans interacted
  • Why forts were used
  • How slaves were acquired and transported
  • How the slave trade affected people


Lesson plans (PDF, 0.02Mb)

Student's workbook (PDF, 2.79Mb)

Whiteboard slides (PPT, 19.18Mb)

Sources posters (PPT, 2.06Mb)

Sources for lesson 2 (PPT, 14.31Mb)

Teacher's notes (PDF, 0.58Mb)

Contextual essay (PDF, 0.02Mb)

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