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The Changing Experience of Colonial Childhood
Young scholars 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.
Pupils investigate a short biography of George Washington's childhood. They examine the differences between life for students in the eighteenth century and today.
The Science and Technology of Plantation Life
Young scholars explore life on an 18th century southern plantation/farm as it is related not only to raising crops, but also to preparing food, making clothing, caring for animals, making soap, blacksmithing, etc. They create a timeline of scientific discoveries, inventions, and technologies from 1730 to 1802 that are related to life on a plantation/farm
The Original Layout of the Town of Deerfield
Eleventh graders explain that elements of the early settlement of Deerfield can still be seen in the town layout and in some of the early 18th century houses which survive. They read and analyze historical maps and analyze a drawing of the period.
1704 Attack on Deerfield
Students examine primary and secondary sources to determine how cultural characteristics, beliefs and attitudes contributed to the growth of inter-group hostilities during the 17th and 18th centuries in the US.
Looking at French Decorative Arts: The Science of Good Design
High schoolers discuss and analyze the style and function of an 18th-century compound microscope and compare the design to the design of modern scientific devices. They design their own modern scientific or technological instrument.
Seeking a Fortune in 18th Century Maritime Boston
Study the Revolutionary War era practice of recruiting seamen to prey upon the British shipping industry, and discuss the impact this practice had on the Colonial war efforts. Learners read and interpret recruiting advertisements for these positions. What's their response? Would they enlist?
George Washington and Slavery: The 1799 Census of Slaves
Young scholars discover details about the slave community at Mt. Vernon. In this George Washington lesson, students examine Washington's 1799 Slave Census in order to determine what life was like for slaves of the first president. An analysis sheet is included.
New! Absolutism: A Concept Formation Lesson
Rather than just memorizing and regurgitating a definition, your young historians will determine on their own what critical attributes the concept of absolutism entails! This excellent lesson plan involves analysis of a period portrait of King Louis XIV of France, and then group work to review, analyze, and classify several different examples of absolute monarchs.
Franklin Learning Activities
Students participate in different activities examining Benjamin Franklin and his activities. They work together in groups and as a class to research his inventions and his self-improvement plans.
Nureyev: The Unconquerable Will
Students consider the development of dance across cultures. In this dance genre lesson, students study the history of Russia and the Mongol Tatars. Students research how classical ballet made its way to Russia and create collaborative projects to share their findings.
Shoe Making in Essex County before the Industrial Revolution
Learners investigate the business of shoes in the 18th century. For this occupations lesson, students investigate New England in the 18th and 19th century and the shoe business that many women found themselves working in. Learners discover the materials and patterns used to create footwear and write a letter to a deceased shoe maker from the past.
What They Left Behind: Early Multi-National Influences in the United States
Students research the impact of European voyages of discovery and colonial influence on different aspects of American culture. They access a number of online sources and reference maps to trace the influences of England, France, Holland, Spain, Russia (among others) on the United States.
Referencing the Classical Past
Students explore the concept of myths conveyed through art. In this art history lesson, students examine "Three Goddesses" and discuss the state of the world at the time that Nollekens created the sculptures as they analyze the pieces.
A Cold Reception: Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in the United States
Students compare anti-immigration movements in United States history. In this immigration lesson, students participate in classroom activities that require them to analyze music, images, and videos that reveal the immigration debates of the 18th and 20th centuries.
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.
Hey Kid, Want To Buy A Bridge?
Students study the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the inventions of Thomas Alva Edison. They design an infomercial to sell a product or a service for an invention. They create an invention that improves the world and write an article or news release.
Sacred Places: California Missions from Different Perspectives
Students create a project poster displaying photos, drawings, and journal writings that incorporate the major themes of California's missions, and use perspective and point of view both visually and in writing.
"We, the People": New Voices in the Constitutional Debates
Learners study the goals set out for the Constitution. They examine the resolutions arrived at to resolve three major conflicts which arose during the writing of the Constitution. They discuss or write down a one-sentence summary of what goals the Preamble sets out for the Constitution.
The Education of Abigail Adams
Students read the biography of Abigail Smith Adams from the First Ladies Library web site. They work in small groups to write a description of her education. Students discuss their findings, and extend this to the education of girls in the 18th century American colonies.