The video teaches how thecotton gintransformed slavery in the South as cotton became very profitable. Students learn how while the north prohibited slavery, they also needed it for their textile mills and about the lives of the enslaved people in the South. It teaches the hardships and work they did, living situation, and also the unique culture that developed including howmusic and religious practiceshelped them get by. Lastly, they learn how enslaved people resisted and sometimes fought back- includingNat Turner's Rebellion.
As students watch they complete aninteractive notesheet. It starts with a warmup, has fill-in-the-blank to support note-taking, comprehension and critical thinking questions, and a thinking map at the end to demonstrate their learning.
The video helps visual learners with on-screen text of the main ideas, powerful images, and it reviews the important concepts to ensure comprehension.Cut the lectureand spend more time working with students and supporting their learning with this video lesson!
After the video, students complete a quick auto-graded Google Form quiz (a PDF is also available) to check for understanding. Then, there is anoptional extension activity that has students listenand read to "Black Spirituals"to learn how songs and music not only helped the enslaved find meaning and express their sorrows while also sometimes encoding messages on how to escape to the north on the Underground Railroad. Music and songs give us a unique look into the lives of enslaved people and their culture and your students will definitely remember this lesson!