Colonial America Slavery Teacher Resources
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A Ticket to Philly—In 1769: Thinking about Cities, Then and Now
While cities had only a small fraction of the population in colonial America, they played a significant role in pre-revolutionary years, and this was certainly true for the largest city in the North American colonies: Philadelphia. Your learners will begin by considering how a city is like an organism, adding to T-charts that list what the main intakes, internal processes, and outputs of a city are and how they are performed.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History 101 Views 77 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Colonialism and American Foundations Sample Test Questions
What was the main cause of European colonization in America? How did Thomas Paine's Common Sense play a role in the establishment of the United States? What was the trans-Atlantic slave trade? These are just a few of the many questions that your learners will consider as they complete this 22-question, multiple-choice assessment on the foundations of the American nation.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History 47 Views 44 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
A Colony is Born : Lesson 5 - Dear Mem
Discover colonies! Young historians will listen to a primary source journal entry read aloud with a backdrop of wave sounds. They discuss the entry, add historical facts to a chart and personal insights to another. Then they listen to more entries for pertinent criteria and assess them.
5th - 8th Science 23 Views 342 Downloads
The Atlantic Slave Trade
This presentation offers an overview of the Atlantic slave trade, taking care to give the subject its due diligence and explain the origins of slavery, the types of products slaves were forced to harvest, the most common importers of slaves in the Caribbean and Brazil, how Europeans acquired slaves through trading, etc.
11 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 17 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Unexpected Family History
The history of the northern states' involvement in the slave trade is not widely known. This resource uses the PBS documentary, Traces of the Trade, and the nonfiction book, Children of the New England Slave Trade, to examine this aspect of slavery in the US.
9th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Colonial North America
Showcase the religion, conflicts, daily life, and politics of Colonial North America. A very well-done presentation highlights all the major colonial groups, social norms, demographics, and political struggles of the time. Perfect for an independent work station, and great for note taking or for added interest during lecture.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 80 Views 147 Downloads
Interpreting Foundation Documents of the American Republic
Explore early American documents that qualify as primary sources. Tenth and eleventh graders use the provided worksheets to analyze the texts of the Articles of Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Northwest Ordinance.
10th - 11th Social Studies & History 43 Views 266 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Pennsylvania Colony: The Holy Experiment
Have your class explore U.S. history by discussing religion in the colonial era. Your fifth graders review the history of Pennsylvania and the conformist views placed upon immigrants to the country. Then, they read a letter Benjamin Franklin wrote regarding the influx of German immigrants to the U.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 23 Views 124 Downloads
Early Contacts: Native American and European Women in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this colonial America lesson, students examine the relationships between Native American women and European women who encountered one another in the new colonies.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 19 Views 40 Downloads
Criminal or Hero
Young scholars investigate slavery in America circa the American Revolution. They will examine point- of view and perspective as they research a variety of informational resources. While this is designed to be used with the PBS video Slavery and the Making of America, it is useful even without the video.
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History 6 Views 164 Downloads
The book, Samuel's Choice is used to illustrate the decisions that African Americans who were enslaved during the Revolutionary War had to make. The series of four lessons is designed to be implemented after the book is read. The book, along with these fine lessons, would be a valuable addition to any study of the American Revolutionary period.
5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 7 Downloads
Students engage in a variety of activities regarding Colonial America. They write and perform a puppet play; write a product advertisement and a news article; draw a political cartoon; and write a persuasive letter to get others to come to America, too.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History 13 Views 11 Downloads
Slavery: No Freedom, No Rights
How do statements made by well-known early American leaders, as well as provisions in the founding documents of the United States hold up to the practice of slavery? Here is a resource that includes reading materials, worksheets, and activities that will offer your learners an overview of slavery until the Civil War.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 25 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Designed
How Did Jazz Music During the 1920’s Reflect a Change of Culture for America?
Music and culture are intimately linked. Ask your learners to find connections between jazz and the culture of the 1920s though a jigsaw activity and writing assignment. All pupils read one of three articles and get together in mixed groups to create posters that represent the similarities and differences between the articles.
6th - 8th Language Arts 137 Views 169 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Students read "Slavery's Past, Paved Over or Forgotten" from The New York Times and discuss as a class. This activity is the introduction for researching a topic on the history of slavery in the U.S. Student groups present their information at a teach-in.
6th - 12th Language Arts 13 Views 117 Downloads
Fourth graders explore the Stono Rebellion. In this Colonial America lesson, 4th graders research the Stono Slave Rebellion using primary and secondary sources. Students study how the rebellion affected the treatment of slaves in America.
4th Social Studies & History 3 Views 8 Downloads
Meet Hannah the Weaver
Students analyze primary and secondary sources to explore slavery and emancipation, and write letter or diary entry from point of view of slave Hannah Harris or plantation owner Robert Carter. Students then dramatize their creative writing assignments.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 10 Downloads
The Settlement of the Chesapeake
Focusing on the Virginia and Maryland settlements in the 1600's, this presentation is a complete and thorough resource during a unit on Colonial America. It includes pictures, maps, and interesting discussion points for you to address with your history students.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History 21 Views 58 Downloads
Slaves and Indentured Servants
In theory, at least, indentured servitude and slavery were two different practices in the American colonies. Class groups conduct a close reading of two primary source documents, one written by a slave and one by an indentured servant, about their experiences.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 11 Views 9 Downloads
The African and the Pequot in Colonial America
Students determine that the lands the English settled on were owned and inhabited by 70,000 Indians. They consider that the London Company sold land charters to the English, which gave them illegal title to lndian land and that the Puritans established the largest colony, Massachusetts Bay Colony, which had two branches: Massachusetts and Connecticut.
10th - 12th Science 3 Views 17 Downloads