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Impacts of the Slave Trade on Africa Role Play

Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Activity


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This simulation/role play is a choose your own adventure. Students are the king of Benin, a West-African kingdom. At the start of the activity, Portuguese slave traders are offering to pay big money to Benin for slaves. Students must either decide to sell or NOT sell slaves. And from that decision, they are told to either continue or skip ahead based on their answer - and all their decisions lead to 2 inevitable outcomes - a rival kingdom conquers you and sells your people as slaves, or you become so dependent on exports to Europeans that you get conquered by England in the 1800s.




February 13, 2020
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6 Reviews
that's an awesome modification! How long did the whole role-play take with this added in?
Adam Feinberg
March 07, 2018
you're welcome! I'm so glad it helped!
Adam Feinberg
March 07, 2018
This is a great lesson that I have used with my World History students because it shows them the full impact of the slave trade, while they get frustrated that they, "can't win." I did edit it to make it so the students have to justify their decision whether it be yes or no because our district is heavily focused on writing/creating arguments. I look forward to using it again and thank you for sharing this resource!
March 06, 2018
Loved using this to help give my students a better perspective on the choices and consequences of African leaders during the slave trade! They loved this "choose-your-own-adventure" style activity and were so upset when they couldn't get a good result. I definitely think this will stick with them as we move forward. Thanks!
January 06, 2017
I'm so glad they enjoyed it! Do you have any suggestions for improvement? I'm always looking to work out any kinks to make sure the lessons are as user-friendly ass possible for all classes and students.
Adam Feinberg
December 20, 2016