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Introduction to 18th Century Artisans
Students investigate colonial artisans. For this history lesson, students create a booklet of American Artisans and dress up in 18th century clothing for an oral presentation.
Pros and Cons: A Childcare Debate
Students research prevailing attitudes and Rousseau's position on child rearing in the 18th century. They consider attitudes toward motherhood and childcare in our own culture through interviews with peers and family members.
New! 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. They will then familiarize themselves with the main elements of a city map and "take a walk" through eighteenth century Philadelphia, reading a narrative filled with sensory imagery and valuable historical information.
Gardening in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg
Students discuss colonial gardening in the 18th century, and collect data using research materials. They create a simple garden design with appropriately titled and labeled data.
Ship of the Line
Young scholars discover boats by researching 18th century ships. In this Naval history lesson, students identify and describe the different components of an 18th century naval ship after researching information on the Internet. Young scholars complete a Naval Ship worksheet and practice using discovery vocabulary terms.
O Greek Shape! O Fair Pose!
Learners become familiar with the black-figure painting style of ancient Greece and its influence on Neoclassical artists during the 18th century, as seen in drawing, painting, and silhouettes, or shadow portraits.
Radial Symmetry Design
Fifth graders examine and research the art of chip carving in 18th century America. They create rosette designs using radial symmetry with rulers and compasses.
Causes of the American Revolution
Students recognize the taxation of the American colonists by the British led to the revolution. They participate in or analyze a performance of an 18th-century song and then discuss its meaning and craft.
Picturing History: John Singleton Copley and British Portraiture
Students 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.
Trip to Mount Vernon
Students compare and contrast travel in the 18th century with current methods of travel by participating in a simulated trip to Mount Vernon. In this US history lesson, students write a letter to George Washington for permission to visit Mount Vernon. Students create a trip itinerary and research travel in the 18th century. Students complete journal entries to record what travel would have been like on their trip. Students write a thank you letter to the Washington's.
O Greek Shape! O Fair Pose!
Students analyze the black-figure painting style of ancient Greece and its influence on Neoclassical artists during the 18th century, as seen in drawing, painting and silhouettes, or shadow portraits. In this ancient art lesson, students use the technique of paper cutting to create an original two-dimensional work of art that expresses a personal statement. Students create an original work of art using the silhouette technique.
Art & Life During the American Revolution
Fifth graders examine and critique the art, artists, and artisans of late 18th century America.
Social Studies: Art of the Revolution
Fifth graders view a slide presentation of Revolutionary period paintings and engravings and list them on a timeline of the American Revolution. They conduct Internet research on various artists. Students apply 18th century art techniques to pencil sketches of available engravings and paintings.
A Day at Mount Vernon
Learners discover daily life on George Washington's plantation, Mount Vernon. In this compare and contrast instructional activity, students examine the life styles at four distinct sites at Mount Vernon to become familiar with the people, places, and objects that were part of 18th century life.
Changes in the New Nation
Students explore how technology has slowly changed the world, starting in the 18th Century. In 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.
The Industrial World Represented by 19th Century Artists
Students study paintings, sculptures and of objects d'art as documents to study the 19th century Industrial Revolution. In this art history lesson, students study a chronological timeline of art during the Industrial Revolution. Students read about the art and artists of this method and time.
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.
18th Century Life in the United States
Students compare and contrast life in 18th and 21st century America. In this American history lesson, students view the video, "Ben Franklin and Philadelphia." Students then complete a comparison chart featuring the similarities and differences of the 18th and 21st centuries.
European Antisemitism in the 15th - 18th Centuries
Students gather information on the Holocaust. Using document-based questions, they evaluate the different perspectives of primary sources. They are introduced to the topic of antisemitism and its role throughout the 15th through 18th centuries.
Fort San Cristobal
High schoolers research the concept of a dungeon during the time of the 18th century. They are looking for its significance and the reason for its construction tied to the lifestyles of people during the time. Students compare and contrast the prison system of the time with modern prisons.