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Students review 18th century New England schoolbooks to explain how changes occurred in early American education.
Learners examine the role of the 'Salon'. In this historic communications instructional activity, students role play and use discussion to enhance their understanding of the role the Salon played in 18th century Europe. Learners will divide into groups, engage in philosophical and scientific discussion, then re-group to engage in discourse with other small groups.
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.
Students investigate historic furniture. In this art history lesson, students compare and contrast two chairs from different periods. Students create a collage from images of the past.
Students explore U.S. History by reading biographical text in class. In this Benjamin Franklin lesson, students read about the famous American's first job and the transition he underwent from printing to politics. Students define lesson vocabulary terms and create their own potato stamps.
Tenth graders brainstorm the Industrial Revolution and how it changed the lives of people. They describe rural life in preindustrial Britain. They identify the factors that allowed Britian to become the first industrialized nations.
Students compare and contrast two chairs that were made in different time periods. In this compare and contrast lesson students will compare two chairs They will then create a collage that takes place in a historic scene inspired by artist Nicole Cohen's video installation that incorporates historic and modern imagery.
High schoolers are oriented to the kinds of treatment and care the mentally ill received prior to the 19th century-using the example of England's legendary Bedlam, the world's oldest mental health asylum.
Learners examine an 18th century drawing and produce a skit based on the drawing. In this art analysis lesson, students analyze the story depicted in a drawing and create a skit inspired the scene. Learners research the 18th century Italian theatre and write their scenes based on the research. Students also create a promotional poster for the lesson.
Pupils assemble details about a pirate voyage and choose which details to include on a postcard that pirate might have written home. They discuss the Pirate Code and determine what should be done in certain "Sticky Situations."
Young scholars examine the larger social, political and economic issues that influenced the first Asians' migration to the Americas in the 18th and 19th centuries. They distinguish between commonly held assumptions about the first Asians in the Americas and the more historically accurate version.
Students discuss the sculptural group of Three Goddessesby Joseph Nollekens in a study of the classical past. For this Classical history lesson, students describe the three figures in the painting and read an excerpt for the story the art was based on. Students visit various websites to research the Grand Tour and classical examples in today's forms of art. Students discuss American myths.
In this language skills learning exercise, students read an article regarding National Sandwich Day. Students respond to 6 matching questions, 29 fill-in-the-blank questions, 30 multiple choice questions, 12 word scramble questions, 30 short answer questions, 1 graphic organizer question, and 1 essay question regarding the content of the article.
Ninth graders analyze the English model if imperialism with regard to China and examine the economic and political impact of trade and conflict between England and China in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They discuss the impact that opium had both in China and England during the trading time periods.
Students study the rise of landscape art throughout the 19th century and the specific features of the genre. In this landscape art lesson, students read the definition of landscape art and its precedence in the 19th century. Students study various examples and artists who painted landscape art.
Students examine a property inventory of a farm owner from 1785 in Sussex County. The inventory is part of a probate file used to settle the estate of the deceased person and includes the estimated value of each piece of property. Slaves are listed as items of property and the class discusses slave ownership and write an essay in response to the discussion.
Students research the Atlantic slave trade during the 18th century. For this slave trade lesson, students read a narrative about colonial expansion in the Americas and the rise of slavery in the United States. Students write down what they know about the Atlantic slave trade in the 18th Century and answer questions in the form of an essay, narrative, or a journal entry.
Students examine the works of art incorporated in Asian export objects and respond to them using Japanese haiku poems. In this haiku poems lesson, students analyze a still life painting and the images represented in it. Students define and research haiku's and write a haiku for the painting. Students examine more works from the Getty collection and create more haiku's for the paintings.
In this online interactive literature learning exercise, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Benjamin Franklin's The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Students may check some of their answers online.