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Activity Overview


Students will create a storyboard that represents the experiences of an individual who lived during the Slave Trade. This activity will help students to visualize texts related to the Slave Trade and be able to recreate this infamous period in American History.


Teachers may choose the texts, but in the example storyboard, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave has been used. Students will select significant passages from the text, create a visualization, and include the text below each representation.



Extended Activity

To extend this activity, students will read The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. Students will select powerful passages from Equiano’s work and represent his incredible life through a storyboard. For students that completed both activities, they can also create a T-Chart that compares and contrasts the experiences of Douglass and Equiano.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/2] Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/1] Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that illustrates the experiences of individuals during the Slave Trade.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the description, type in a quote or a paraphrase from the provided text.
  3. Create an illustration using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Save and submit your storyboard.


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