Mr. Valenzuela

Humanities 7 – Unit 4.1 Slave Memorial Project


Unit 4.1 Slave Memorial Project

In this unit, we have been focused on how Africans shaped and were shaped by the Atlantic Slave Trade (from 1500 to the 1880s). Within this 400-year period, Europeans built more than sixty (60) forts and castles along the Ghanaian coastline to defend their trade; primary among this trade was the purchase and sale of enslaved Africans. But how do we choose to remember this history? Many of these monuments still exist as a reminder of the past, some in good condition, others in ruins. Are these buildings worth preserving or should they be used in some other way?


microsoft_word_logo Ghana Slave Memorial Debate Instructions

microsoft_word_logo Committee Style Debate Prep Handout

microsoft_word_logo Committee Debate Fact Sheets

Research Links

link Forts and Castles of Ghana

link Summary of Mr. V's Trip to Ghana in 2011

link Journal Entries from Mr. V's Trip to Ghana in 2011

link Ghana's Government Positive About Tourism (Source: Oxford Business Group)

link America Needs A National Slavery Monument (Source: New York Times)

link Museum of Nzema Culture and History at Fort Apollonia (Source: Ghana Museums & Monuments Board)

Debate Schedule

Monday 1/14 - Introduce the Unit 4.1 Project and Project Work Day

Tuesday 1/15 - Project Work Day

Wednesday 1/16 - Project Work Day and Debate Begins with Opening Statements

Thursday 1/17 - Debate Continues

Friday 1/18 - Debate Concludes


Humanities 7 – Homework – Jan 11


Today in class, students assessed their knowledge of the vocabulary of Unit 4.1 so far and the names of the countries of Africa by taking a closed notebook quiz.

Homework - Use the class website to explore what the different forts of Ghana looked like, then complete the survey on the class website.

On Monday we will begin working on the Debate Preparation Handout (on page 53 of your notebook) in class to get started on the Unit 4.1 Ghana Slave Memorial Project in groups.


Humanities 7 – Homework – Jan 10


Today in class, students described the formation of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

youtube-logo The Atlantic Slave Trade Crash Course

youtube-logo The Atlantic Slave Trade: What Too Few Textbooks Told You

microsoft_word_logo Atlantic Slave Trade Crash Course Video Questions

microsoft_word_logo Transatlantic Slave Trade Notes (Fill In The Blank)

adobe-pdf-logo Transatlantic Slave Trade Notes (Complete Presentation)

link Animated Interactive: The Atlantic Slave Trade In Two Minutes (Source: Slate)

Homework - p. 50 - Complete the Atlantic Slave Trade Crash Course Video Questions by watching The Atlantic Slave Trade Crash Course and then answering the questions on your handout.

Reminder - You have a closed-notebook quiz TOMORROW on the Unit 4.1 Vocabulary and the names of the countries in Africa (#1-27 on your blank map of the region).


Humanities 7 – The Atlantic Slave Trade Crash Course [Video]


Humanities 7 – Homework – Jan 9

Elmina Castle

Today in class, students defined what a memorial is and described why they are built in order to prepare them for the Unit 4.1 Ghana Memorial Project.

microsoft_word_logo What Are Memorials Handout

adobe-pdf-logo Traditional Memorials

adobe-pdf-logo Spontaneous Memorials

link Memory, History, Memorials - Facing History

Homework - p. 48 - Read about Mr. Valenzuela's trip to Ghana in 2011. Read both the summary of the trip and the journal entries while he was there. On a separate sheet of paper, write a summary (who, what, where, when, and why) of what you learned about Mr. Valenzuela's trip to Ghana in 2011, must be at least 10 sentences.


Humanities 7 – Homework – Jan 8


Today in class, students discussed the problems associated with discussing Africa as one place, instead of a region with 55 countries, with 2,000-3,000 languages spoken, and many different ethnicities and cultures.

youtube-logo Spot The Africa (Source: Comedy Central)

youtube-logo The Danger of a Single Story (Source: Ted Talk)

youtube-logo Africa Is Not A Country (Source: Al Jazeera)

microsoft_word_logo The Danger of a Single Story Reflection

link Africa Map Practice Game

Homework - p. 46 - Complete the reflection handout, must be at least 10 sentences.

Reminder - You have a closed-notebook quiz on Friday 1/11 on the Unit 4.1 Vocabulary and the names of the countries in Africa (#1-27 on your blank map of the region).


Humanities 7 – Homework – Jan 7


Today, Mr. V was out sick from school, but in his absence students extended their understanding of the physical features and resources of Africa by examining various maps of the region in a mapping lab activity.

microsoft_word_logo Africa Mapping Lab

adobe-pdf-logo Africa Mapping Lab Maps

Homework - p. 44 - On page 44 of your notebook, write a letter of 10 sentences to Mr. Valenzuela how class went today (in his absence) and tell him a little bit about how your winter vacation went.


Humanities 7 – Unit 4.1 Flashcards – Study For Friday’s Quiz


Humanities 7 – Homework – Jan 4

Wood carvers in Awiaa's village workshop creating traditional stools

Today in class, students described the background on the region of Africa by completing a background information worksheet on the region.

microsoft_word_logo Africa Background Notes

adobe-pdf-logo Introducing the Region: Africa

link Africa Map Practice Game

Homework - p. 42 - Write a letter to a friend (at least 10 sentences) that explains what you learned in class today on the background of Africa.


Humanities 7 – Homework – Jan 3


Today in class, students reflected on Unit 3 and Enrique's Journey by having a whole class discussion. Students also were able to preview the next unit of study Unit 4.1 "The Memory of Enslavement" by learning the vocabulary words for the unit and going over a map of Africa.

microsoft_word_logo Unit 4 Memory of Enslavement Vocabulary Chart

adobe-pdf-logo Blank Africa Map

Homework - p. 40-41 - Complete the Unit 4.1 Vocabulary Chart (must be NEAT and COLORFUL) and fill in all of the country names for our new region of the world Africa. Each homework is worth one HW stamp each.