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Students generate reasons why the 18th Amendment was adopted. In this prohibition lesson, students analyze the 18th Amendment. After watching a video students participate in a discussion. After analyzing readings, students get into groups and use a graphic organizer to record thoughts.
Students investigate a sculpture from the 17th century.  In this art history lesson, students examine Bust of a Man by Francis Hardwood and discover the meaning behind it.  Students create their own portrait bust of somebody they admire.
Students investigate a short biography of George Washington's childhood. They examine the differences between life for students in the eighteenth century and today.
Students 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
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.
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.
Discover the kabuki form of Japanese classical theater performance and its reflection of the historical evolution of Japanese government and culture. As the first dramatic performance form catering to the common people, kabuki is shaped by the basic tenets of Confucian philosophy and would later have a great effect on such artists as Van Gogh and Debussy.
Students read runaway slave advertisements while completing a chart to determine whether slaves successfully escaped. In this US history lesson plan, students must research the Virginia Runaways Digital Project and use the given links to runaway slave advertisements.
Third graders explore the use of farming implements. In this colonial America lesson plan, 3rd graders examine and compare the farming tools and tasks of the 18th and 19th centuries as well as today. Students collaborate to present skits that feature their findings.
Students analyze art from the Royal Academy of Arts and read Sir Joshua Reynolds Discourses on Art. In this art analysis lesson, students explore the training of artists and their roles in the art occupation. Students identify the different types of jobs that require art training. Students complete pre-activities for the lesson, a museum visit, and post-visit activities for the lesson.
Students identify the role of the weather vane in colonial America, and determine the accuracy of almanacs in predicting the weather. students create an 18th century weathervane design.
Eleventh graders explore the importance of religion in community building in frontier America. They analyze the importance of religion in political life in the 19th century.
The proof is in the probate record. Much can be learned about history by investigating old, primary source documents. Class members hone their detective skills by examing the 1759 probate record of Sarah Green. Who was this lady? Was she relatively wealthy? Was she educated? Married women at that time could not own real property yet Sarah's probate record reveals she owned a lot of stuff. What then can be deduced? Guided by study questions, class members draw conclusions from the information recorded on the document.
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. Students write a newspaper article on life as an immigrant during the time period portrayed.
Students analyze photographs of iron plantations to infer what life was like in these 18th century Pennsylvania villages. They then divide into small groups to research primary documents that explain the types of jobs performed on the iron plantations. Each group writes a letter to someone living in a big city explaining what it is like on the plantation.
Students answer the question,"To go West or not to go West?". For this nonfiction lesson students read a piece of nonfiction about going West during the 18th century. Students use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast the pros and cons.
Budding historical analysts take to describing the road to Latin American independence. They'll respond to three writing prompts which require them to describe or analyze specific events in Latin American history. 
What inspires furniture designers? As learners of all ages view examples of woodworking used in French and American furniture, they discuss woodworkers' techniques and inspirations. They identify techniques such as veneering and marquetry that were used to decorate furniture. Then, they design a floral motif in one of the styles represented and decorate a piece of furniture. This lesson would work best for upper elementary schoolers and higher, although you could modify the material for youngsters. 
The Atlantic slave trade is thoroughly depicted and explained here, in terms of economics and pre-colonization. Plantation life, eighteenth century technology, economics of the time, and dealings with Africa are all covered. Note: Each slide contains a lot of information, several class periods will be needed.
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?