18th Century Events Teacher Resources
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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.
Honoring People of the Past in Ipswich
Third graders investigate primary documents to explore the history in Ipswich. In this Ipswich lesson, 3rd graders observe the Ebsco mural panels and gather information about Ipswich. Students work in groups of five to explore the panels. Students complete a worksheet on their panel.
Planning an Escape
Students plan their escape as though they were an 18th century slave. In this slavery history lesson, students use the Internet to research runaway slaves, then create a plan for escape in the form of a short story or journal entry.
Using examples from Socrates to Johnny Carson, this slideshow presents your students with the history and definition of dramatic irony, satire, situational irony, and tragic irony. This presentation would be useful in a language arts class, a writing seminar, a sociology lecture, or in a linguistics course.
James Madison: From Father of the Constitution to President
Students investigate reasons why James Madison is called the "Father of the Constitution." They discuss three events during his presidency that raised constitutional questions and look at Madison's opinions of those questions. They complete the associated worksheets.
The Sport of Kings: Horse Racing in America
Students examine the history of horse racing. They discuss their experiences with horse racing, and conduct Internet research. Students select a topic related to the history of horse racing, write and present a report, and read and summarize a Dick Francis horse racing mystery.
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.
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.
200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons
Young scholars discuss the style and characteristics of the Classical era and the genre of opera. They compare and contrast modern day popular icons to musical icons throughout history. They write original librettos to modern entertainment.
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.
Colonial America: Causes of the American Revolution
Fourth graders analyze colonial rule and policies with regard to the causes of the American Revolution. In this Colonial America simulation lesson, 4th graders role play in an Independence Game, reacting to a variety of "events" that happen. Students respond in an events journal about their role and record their thoughts, feelings, and decisions in each situation.
Conflict in the Frontier town of Deerfield
Students use primary sources to investigate, explore and represent varying perspectives on the 1704 Deerfield Raid. They consider the reasons Deerfield was at the center of English, French and Native American conflicts in the early 18th century.
From Slave to Entrepreneur: The Life and Times of William Ellison
Eighth graders interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this South Carolina history instructional activity, 8th graders examine sources that require them to examine the life of William Ellison, a black slave owner.
The Communist Manifesto
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 24 multiple choice questions about The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Establishing the Presidency
Students consider how George Washington influenced the presidency. In this presidential history worksheet, students discuss the precedents Washington set and analyze a letter that Washington sent to James Madison.
State of Alabama
In this reading passages about the state of Alabama worksheet, students read about the state's geography, history, exploration, industry, and people and use the information to answer multiple choice and true and false questions. Students answer 30 questions.
Students use adding machine tape to plot increasing ocean depths and deep sea historical events.
Effects of the Enlightenment
Ninth graders explore the vocabulary that deals with the Enlightenment. For this World History lesson, 9th graders research the causes and effects of the enlightenment. Students create charts on the key vocabulary terms of the Enlightenment.
Fort at No. 4 History
Young scholars examine the history of Fort No. 4 in New Hampshire before visiting the site. They identify key events and people that occured at the fort as well. They complete questions and teach them to their group.
Pioneering Spirits: A Personalized History of Our Jewish Community
Learners travel in groups to various stations to discover the history of the Jewish community. At each station, they read primary source documents about the history of their community and research their own family history. They mix groups at the end of the lesson to share what they have gathered from the stations.