Activity Basic reconstruction of a cramped space

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Middle Passage

Basic reconstruction of a cramped space

Activity 2 of 2

Ask students to move around a space cleared of furniture. Gradually reduce the amount of space available until there is barely room to move at all. Then ask students to sit on the floor. There may be some giggling initially at the discomfort. But ask students to keep still and silent for one minute. Then repeat the silence, but this time let the minute overrun. Then ask students how they felt. Did they think the second minute was ever going to end? Can they imagine being so cramped for almost half a term?

Note: this activity may work better with just 1-3 selected students.

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