Georgia US History 11 Connection: Elizabeth Key

Georgia US History 11 Connection: Elizabeth Key

These connections take Self-Evident videos and explicitly connect them to Georgia US History standards. An optional extension article is included to further set the video in larger context. For other lessons that dive deeper into the historical context or original story, check out the Self-Evident curriculum library.

Standard: SSUSH2.B: Describe the Middle Passage, the growth of the African population and their contributions, including but not limited to architecture, agriculture, and foodways.

US History Basic Connection:

  1. Complete the Basic Plan for “If Knowledge is the Key... “
  2. Transition to the standard: “Elizabeth Key’s story is an important step in the path to establishing a legal, race-based system of slavery in America and the resulting growth of an African population in the colonies.”
  3. Ask students to write about or discuss in pairs, small groups, or as a class one or both questions:
    • What is the role of Elizabeth Key’s case in establishing Black slavery in the colonies? How might this case lead to an expansion of the African population in the colonies?
    • How does knowing there was a growing African population in the colonies help us understand Elizabeth Key’s case better?

Optional US History Larger Context:

  1. Set a purpose for reading: “To understand the bigger picture of Key’s story, we’re going to read a short article. As you read, think about how these laws expanded slavery.”
  2. Have students read “Colonial Laws that Defined Chattel Slavery” from Newsela, also available in Spanish and at varied reading levels.
  3. Ask students to write about or discuss in pairs, small groups, or as a class some or all of the following prompts:
    • “How does the new information in this article help us understand Key’s story better?
    • How does it help us understand the expansion of slavery in colonial America and the growth of an enslaved African population better?