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Students discover boats by researching 18th century ships. For this Naval history lesson, students identify and describe the different components of an 18th century naval ship after researching information on the Internet. Students complete a Naval Ship worksheet and practice using discovery vocabulary terms.
Learners analyze the black-figure painting style of ancient Greece and its influence on Neoclassical artists during the 18th century, as seen in drawing, painting and silhouettes, or shadow portraits. In this ancient art lesson, students use the technique of paper cutting to create an original two-dimensional work of art that expresses a personal statement. Learners create an original work of art using the silhouette technique.
Fifth graders view a slide presentation of Revolutionary period paintings and engravings and list them on a timeline of the American Revolution. They conduct Internet research on various artists. Students apply 18th century art techniques to pencil sketches of available engravings and paintings.
Students compare and contrast travel in the 18th century with current methods of travel by participating in a simulated trip to Mount Vernon. In this US history lesson, students write a letter to George Washington for permission to visit Mount Vernon. Students create a trip itinerary and research travel in the 18th century. Students complete journal entries to record what travel would have been like on their trip. Students write a thank you letter to the Washington's.
Learners discover daily life on George Washington's plantation, Mount Vernon. In this compare and contrast lesson, students examine the life styles at four distinct sites at Mount Vernon to become familiar with the people, places, and objects that were part of 18th century life.
Students explore how technology has slowly changed the world, starting in the 18th Century. In this United States History lesson, students work in teams to complete numerous activities that compare and contrast life before and after technological changes started to occur, such as the invention of the plow, the cotton gin or electricity.
Middle schoolers examine several letters to the editor from both a local newspaper and national newspapers. After reviewing current letters, they write a letter to the editor of an 18th-century newspaper expressing their opinion about the American Revolution. Letters are exchanged with classmates for peer review before turning in a final draft.
Fifth graders investigate what a covenant was and how they relate to contemporary government ideals. In this comparing covenant lesson, 5th graders examine primary source documents that are examples of covenants from 18th century New England. They read and make concept webs of the covenants before writing an original covenant.
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.