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The Poetry of Chinoiserie
Students study Asian works of art and Japanese haiku. They then take this knowledge and create an original haiku in response to other works of art.
Constitutional Convention Simulation
Students explore the accomplishments at the Constitutional Convention. In this U. S. Constitution lesson, students view a PowerPoint presentation on the convention prior to participating in a simulation of the event.
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.
George Washington Stood Here… On the Issue of Slavery
Students research George Washington's stance on slavery. In this slavery lesson, students examine primary documents that reveal the relationship between Washington and his slaves at Mount Vernon.
The History of Sexuality: An Introduction, Volume 1 by Michel Foucault
In this online interactive psychology worksheet, students respond to 24 multiple choice questions about Foucault's The History of Sexuality: An Introduction. Students submit their answers to be scored.
Colonial Trades and Apprenticeships
Students examine and analyze culturally significant objects from colonial Boston. They construct a story around the life and work of Nathaniel Hurd from a list of keywords excerpted from a passage about Nathaniel Hurd. In addition, they research colonial trades and apprenticeships to create a representational sign in the manner of a colonial limner (sign painter).
How Did Slavery Impact Our Nation?
Fifth graders closely examine the effects of slavery on American society giving special emphasis to the issue of social injustice, the life of Harriet Tubman, the underground railroad and the achievements of Abraham Lincoln during this month long unit. Students conduct research, write fictional accounts of historical events, recreate an underground railroad at their school and participate in role playing activities.
Why is there a Cod hanging in the Massachusetts Statehouse?
Learners discover the purpose of the sacred cod carving in New England. In this New England history lesson, students read the story A Cod's Tale, and analyze photographs of Cod including their uses and size. Learners utilize the Internet to further research the financial opportunities New England fisherman gained from harvesting a plentiful cod population.
Pirate Wanted Poster
Students investigate the character traits of a 17th and 18th century pirate by internet research and the creation of a Pirate "Wanted" Poster using iPhoto and a program called Comic Life.
Politics! Politics! The Emergence of Political Parties in the U.S.
High schoolers are split into six small groups which focus on one of six websites, that tell the story of the emergence of the Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties at the end of the 18th century. They compile a chronological list of people and events from their research and create an annotated timeline from their material.
Breaking the Chains, Rising Out of Circumstances
Students develop an understanding of art and history. In this lesson plan about sculpture and creating a mood, students will gain an understanding of a moment in history by observing art. Students observe busts, and paintings from the certain times. Students create a bust of their own of a certain person they and a partner choose.
Evolution of Mediums of Exchange
Fifth graders investigate currencies of the 17th and 18th century English colonists. In this currency instructional activity, 5th graders make connections between unit of account and the medium of exchange. Students create their own money using images from their school.
Moravian Migration: Before a visit to Bethabara
Second graders view a website to become familiar with Bethabara, a Moravian settlement. In this Moravian migration lesson, 2nd graders find similarities and differences to the community of the Moravians in the 18th century. Students create a visual presentation based on pictures of the Moravian community.
Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Slavery During the Colonial Period
Students 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.
Signs of the Times
Students pretend to be 18th century shopkeepers or trades people and create signs representing their shops or trades.
Schools and Schoolbooks, 1780-1820
Learners review 18th century New England schoolbooks to explain how changes occurred in early American education.
Students examine the role of the 'Salon'. In this historic communications lesson, students role play and use discussion to enhance their understanding of the role the Salon played in 18th century Europe. Students will divide into groups, engage in philosophical and scientific discussion, then re-group to engage in discourse with other small groups.
Lesson 11: Printed Materials (Ads and Broadsides) 1780-1820
Students use primary resources (gazettes, broadsides, advertisements) to consider life at the turn of the 18th century in Deerfield, Massachusetts. They infer observations about life in the nascent United States.
Students attempt to decipher a 17th century New England land deed to determine ownership of land. They explore how English settler's confusion over land ownership lead to conflict with the Pocumtuck Indian tribe.
The Importance of Religion in Political Life in the 19th Century: Abraham Lincoln's Experience
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.