What does a slave rebellion look like?

This lesson sequence for year 8 students was written by Ian Marshall from Oxclose Community School, Sunderland.

Overall enquiry question

What does a slave rebellion look like?

Learning objectives

  • challenge assumptions about slave rebellions, in particular the slave rebellion of Barbados in 1816
  • show pupils that slave rebellions were a complex mixture of factors that motivated slaves’ actions
  • examine the nature, causes and consequences of slave rebellions
  • the teacher’s role is to ensure that the students gain a clear picture of the rebellion through tasks and discussion, and to use that to help the students challenge their own assumptions about why slaves rebelled


Lesson plans (PDF, 0.11Mb)

Powerpoints and documents (ZIP, 1.82Mb)

Teacher’s notes (PDF, 0.05Mb)