Education Technology

CWF: Slavery in the Colonies

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students use the CellSheet(tm) and NoteFolio(tm) Applications to analyze a set of primary source documents, including runaway slave advertisements, to determine the skills and personal characteristics of 18th-century slaves.

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 CellSheet(tm) and NoteFolio (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 CellSheet(tm) and NoteFolio (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 that slaves were individuals possessing a variety of skills and personal characteristics.
  • Describe the impact enslaved African-Americans had on the colonial Virginia economy.
  • List and evaluate the various skills and occupations valued most by white slaveholders.
  • Explain the concept that in the eighteenth century enslaved African-Americans were considered property.
  • Read and interpret eighteenth-century primary source materials.
  • After the Activity


    1. Give students a copy of the Notefolio(tm) file SLAVLIF4.
    2. As a class, discuss the quote from Isaac Weld's Travels Through the States of North America, 1795-1797. Based on the class discussion and information gleaned from earlier portions of this lesson, have students write individual responses—in essay form—to the question contained in Notefolio(tm) file SLAVLIF4.
    3. Collect student responses by having students link their completed file to the teacher?s device, or by selecting "Get from Class" using the TI-Navigator network.