The initial question is set up at the beginning of the lesson: why was it that, after centuries of essentially refusing to be part of the international slave trade, after 1700 the Obas of Benin seem to have had a change of heart?
Students come up with their initial ideas, before considering a range of clues and hopefully revising their original theory on the basis of additional evidence.
Finally,they are encouraged to prioritise causes/reasons, answering the big question in a careful and nuanced manner.
- Lesson presentation: PowerPoint
- Lesson write-up: PDF
- Resource 1: PDF
- Resource 2:PDF