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A Ticket to Philly—In 1769: Thinking about Cities, Then and Now
While cities had only a small fraction of the population in colonial America, they played a significant role in pre-revolutionary years, and this was certainly true for the largest city in the North American colonies: Philadelphia. Your learners will begin by considering how a city is like an organism, adding to T-charts that list what the main intakes, internal processes, and outputs of a city are and how they are performed.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Changes in the New Nation
Learners explore how technology has slowly changed the world, starting in the 18th Century. For this United States History lesson, students work in teams to complete numerous activities that compare and contrast life before and after technological changes started to occur, such as the invention of the plow, the cotton gin or electricity.
6th - 10th Social Studies & History
Ka'ianaa'ahu'ulu: A Leader of Hawai'i
Students evaluate leadership traits in 18th century Hawai'i and modern times. In this leadership skills lesson plan, students identify leadership traits and read the story of Ka’iana. Students monitor the leadership activities of a partner and research another leader to compare with Ka’iana.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
This presentation reviews the ins and outs of nineteenth century imperialism. The narrator discusses the colonization of Africa in great detail, and delves into the effects of industrialization, superior technology, and widespread disease on the imperialistic motivations of European powers.
13 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Early Eighteenth Century: American Romanticism
What are some characteristics of works that are derived from the 18th century? This presentation highlights key events and cultural issues that shaped early American works in the 18th century. Use this PowerPoint to introduce all works of the time (including art, literature, and even music).
10th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
Picturing History: John Singleton Copley and British Portraiture
Young scholars observe and compare 18th century British portraits with those made by John Singleton Copley. By conducting research they explore the cultural climate of the portraits in order to write a historically accurate story.
5th - 11th English Language Arts
Journey to America
Fifth graders carefully analyze the artwork, Les Emigrants, and explore the reasons that people emigrated to the United States, and what life was like for new arrivals. They discuss what things immigrants were able to bring with them and what they had to leave behind.
5th Visual & Performing Arts
The Changing Experience of Colonial Childhood
Students research how childhood was depicted in art in the 17th through 19th centuries. In groups, they research pieces of art and write a paper explaining how the portrayal of students in art changed at the end of the 18th century.
9th - 12th Technology & Engineering
Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Slavery During the Colonial Period
Learners read and interpret an eighteenth-century document make inferences about the nature and characteristics of slavery, communicate findings via annotated diagrams, & develop a comprehensive picture of picture of slavery in 18th-century Virginia.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
New Review The Symbolism of Allegorical Art
Introduce learners to allegorical art with four bronze sculptures by Francesco Bertos. After modeling how to recognize bias and allegory in Bertos' Africa, class groups examine the other three sculptures in the series before creating their own allegorical work.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Looking at French Decorative Arts: The Science of Good Design
Students examine the style of an 18th-century compound microscope and its case. In this scientific design activity, students look at Jacques Caffieri's, "Compound Microscope and Case" before comparing the design to a modern microscope. They design their own scientific or technological instrument using pencils, colored pencils, and drawing paper.
9th - 12th Science
On the Run: What Was Necessary To Plan an Escape From Slavery in 18th Century America?
Students identify and discuss characteristics of runaway slaves in 18th Century, read A Narrative of the Adventures and Escapes of Moses, select five advertisements for Virginia Runaways Digital Project to complete On the Run worksheet, and construct plan for escaping captivity.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
References to Antiquity in Visual Arts (1848 - 1914)
Examine the Latin and Greek language and civilization during the 19th century by exploring the mediums available then. Students examine scenes related to Greek and Roman literature and compare and contrast them.
9th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts