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Students explore the English language of the 1800's. In this history of language cross-curriculum activity, students examine the Declaration of Independence and other written documents from colonial times and select unfamiliar vocabulary, phrases, or idioms to interpret. Students work in groups to research the meanings of these phrases. Students initiate correspondence based on the history of the English language with a "keypal" in a different state.
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?
Students consider the development of dance across cultures. In this dance genre instructional activity, 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.
Students investigate the business of shoes in the 18th century. In this occupations instructional activity, students investigate New England in the 18th and 19th century and the shoe business that many women found themselves working in. Students discover the materials and patterns used to create footwear and write a letter to a deceased shoe maker from the past.
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.
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.
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.