Lesson details


Social Studies




Settlement and Change

Other instructional materials or notes: 

This lesson is approximately 90-120 minutes. This lesson has been prepared to support and enrich the learning experience of students after they have watched Beyond Barbados: Part 2 Sweet Success (Note* Teacher should have shown this video clip to students in class and asked them to take notes on the video or discussed with the students what was covered in the video prior to beginning this lesson plan). A variety of activities have been provided to address to support student engagement in the learning environment. Some materials needed for this lesson plan are included with the lesson plan document or linked to the lesson plan. The academic vocabulary has been provided. The teacher will need to provide an opportunity for students to learn the vocabulary before beginning the activities included in this lesson plan.

Materials for Activities:
Activity #1:

Slave ship picture (attached to lesson plan)
Index cards (or notebook paper)


Activity #2:

Olaudah Equiano's Account of the Middle Passage (excerpt of Equiano’s account hyperlinked)
5 Senses chart (attached to lesson plan)


Activity #3:

Tom Feelings- Middle Passage (video clip hyperlinked)
5 Senses chart (attached to lesson plan)


Activity #4:

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Simulation Map
Index cards (or notebook paper)


Activity #5:

Africa before Transatlantic Slavery Article (#1)
Rice in the Lowcountry (#2)
Slavery in Barbados Article (#3)
Slavery in Charleston Article (#4)
Beyond Barbados Video Clip Part 2
Notes/information gathered from other activities
Legal size copy paper (poster)
Color pencils/markers


Activity #6:

Exit Slip (attached to lesson plan)
Student Assessment Guide (SAG) (attached to lesson plan)


Beyond Barbados Part 2: Sweet Success Lesson Plan

2-3 hours
Lesson type: 
Traditional Lesson
Lesson overview: 

Beyond Barbados Part 2- Sweet Success video segment focuses on Europeans establishing Barbados as a colony. There is an emphasis on identifying how the Europeans sought for a cash crop, sugar cane, to facilitate an economical base and source to generate wealth and opportunity. The segment mentions the development of the plantation system to grow sugar cane and a need for a labor force to meet the growing demand for sugar.

Identify and compare significant turning points, including the related causes and effects that affect historical continuity and change.

To demonstrate their ability to use the skill of causation, students should:

●  identify significant events that led to change or maintain continuity.

●  evaluate the causes of turning points and how they lead to change or continuity.

●  evaluate the effects of turning points and how they lead to change or continuity.

●  compare the importance of turning points related to causality


Essential Question: 

How can greed and wealth lead to the destruction of families, race relations, and the environment?


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