Colonial America Slavery Teacher Resources
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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.
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.
Fifth graders view and discuss images of slavery. They discuss what "freedom" means to them. They imagine they are historians and have just uncovered journal entries. One is missing, and students write an entry for the missing day. They write a persuasive letter supporting the end of slavery in America. In groups, 5th graders create a tableaux depicting universal themes that can be applied to colonial America.
Students study the labor force used during Colonial America. In this Colonial America lesson, students discuss labor types used in the colonies. Students read about indentured servants and the use of African slaves. Students use the 'indenture of Michael Gyger' handout and a slave bill of sale and compare the two documents. Students complete a journal entry, work in groups to answer a discussion question, and create their on indenture contract or slave bill.
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. They will then familiarize themselves with the main elements of a city map and "take a walk" through eighteenth century Philadelphia, reading a narrative filled with sensory imagery and valuable historical information.
Middle schoolers examine the labor needs in colonial America. Using primary and secondary resources, they explore the major events and life in the United States during colonial times. They complete a chart listing the pros and cons of a slave during this time period.
Eleventh graders take a closer look at the institution of slavery. In this colonial America instructional activity, 11th graders watch 2 videos that feature the founding fathers' stance on slavery. Students research how selected founding fathers tried to abolish slavery and create written or artistic pieces that feature their findings.
Students examine european influences on colonial America. They describe how different economies developed depending on the region and climate. Students create posters depicting the economic and social characteristics of various colonial areas.
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.
Students analyze the European colonization of America. In this colonial America lesson, students use provided Internet resources to research colonization and representative government. Students use their finding to create webpages, videos, or newsletters.
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.
Fourth graders complete a unit of lessons on Colonial life during the American Revolution. They write a diary entry, create a Colonial flag, develop a Colonial book, construct a tin punched lantern, and simulate the dress and job of a tradesman.
Fifth graders connect reasons for coming to the New World with identity. The create identities and place them in one of three settled regions. They refer to prior study notes in their Colonial Notebooks to establish their identities.
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.
Fifth graders research their assigned regions, complete regional guide and prepare presentations about the New World colonists. They refer to "Everyday LIfe: Colonial Times" as well as searching marked internet sites.
Fifth graders give presentations on colonial research. The others take notes on the presentations. They play a card game which helps them review content. They take a summative assessment and present their research notebooks.
Learners 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.
Sixth graders examine the different aspects of life in Colonial America. At home, they make traditional colonial recipes to share with the class. In groups, they read a book about the purpose and act of quilting and create their own quilt using fabric squares. To end the lesson, they practice dying fabric using fruits and vegetables.
Fourth graders complete a unit of lessons on Colonial life during the American Revolution. They conduct Internet research, create a Colonial flag, develop a quilt square for a Colonial story, and simulate the dress and job of a Colonial tradesman.
Learners examine a series of documents which discuss the contradiction in the Americans' rhetoric about slavery. They act as members of designated Committees of Correspondence in the five different colonies, communicating their reactions to documents and events.