Education Technology

CWF: Eighteenth-Century Slave Codes

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students using the NoteFolio(tm) and TImeSpan(tm) Apps examine an event timeline and series of 18th-century Virginia slaves laws to determine the relationship between the growth of the colonial slave population and the laws restricting their freedom.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the NoteFolio (tm) and TImeSpan(tm) Apps on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the NoteFolio (tm) and TImeSpan(tm file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Explain how eighteenth-century legal codes codified the institution of slavery.
  • Describe the relationship between the growth of the colonial slave population and the laws restricting their freedom.
  • Determine whether there is a relationship between the passage of specific slave laws and events taking place in the colony of Virginia.
  • Read, interpret, and explain the various eighteenth-century slave codes.
  • Integrate technology into historical inquiry.

    After the Activity

    EVALUATION: Have students write a diamante poem or a cinquain poem using the word "slavery." The poem can be created as a NoteFolio(tm) file and transferred to the computer to create a class portfolio of poems.