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What was it like to live as an indentured servant or an apprentice in colonial Carolina? As part of a series of lessons focusing on the history of North Carolina, class members use a digital history textbook to examine primary and secondary sources about these forms of labor. Individuals then craft two letters; one from the point of view of an indentured teen, and one as an apprenticed teen. Writers describe their lives to their parents back in England.
Students 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.
Students investigate the abolition of slavery by examining historical documents.  In this U.S. history lesson, students view photographs of East African residents who were forced into slavery.  Students write about the information they decipher in the photographs and historic court records.
Sixth graders participate in an internet scavenger hunt to discover how African culture was introduced to the Caribbean. In this Caribbean slavery lesson plan, 6th graders research how they came to the Caribbean and how they were emancipated.
High schoolers examine slavery in the revolutionary and colonial eras of the United States. In this slavery lesson, students investigate the presence of slavery in early America, the language of the Constitution, and intent of the founding fathers regarding slavery.
Students discover details about abolition. In this slavery lesson, students watch Abolishing Slavery in America and then conduct further research about the events that took place on the Zong and Amistad. Students write essays that feature their findings.
It is important for government and history students to recognize the paradox of the spread of slavery at a time when the founding fathers discussed constitutional freedoms. After reading several primary source documents, class members discuss the extent to which Washington and Madison address slavery. Next, half of the class determines how slavery became an accepted part of the Constitution, while the other half generates and explanation for the necessity of compromise on the issue of slavery. Groups present using posters, speeches, panel discussions, or multimedia presentations. The objectives here are excellent, and the primary source documents are rich. Consider providing students with additional parameters to increase their confidence and likelihood for success.
Students examine the role of slavery in the United States. For this American history lesson, students watch segments of the video "Slavery and the Making of America." Students conduct further research pertaining to Thomas Jefferson, Elizabeth Freeman, David Walker, Denmark Vesey, and Harriet Jacobs. Students also investigate slave census records. 
Students determine how slavery threatened America's guarantee of liberty. In this slavery lesson, students analyze primary documents and write essays about their roles in the slavery debate in the United States.
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. The length and breadth of this presentation makes it ideal to break up over many different class sessions as you complete your unit.
Eleventh graders analyze the significant events in the founding of the United States. They read and analyze text, role-play famous Colonial Americans, write a biographical journal entry, and develop a thesis and write an essay in preparation for the Advanced Placement essay.
Students define national identity, explain importance of having national identity, describe America's national identity, work together and formulate class vision of what America's national identity is, identify United States symbols and explain how they express national identity of country, interpret documents and other artifacts for their contributions to national identity, and identify historical and modern day heroes who personify America's identity.
Students explore life in colonial Philadelphia. In this colonial America lesson, students research print and electronic sources about Benjamin Frankin and other Dury, Pennsylvania residents. Students write stories that include dialogue between Franklin and the residents.
Students explore U.S. history by participating in a government activity. In this Constitution lesson, students identify the role government plays in our society and the differences the British colonies had in the early 18th century. Students read assigned text which describes the historical event and complete worksheets and study questions.
Eighth graders begin the lesson by describing the differences between a slave and an indentured servant. Using the internet, they research the characteristics of an indentured servant during the 1900s. To end the lesson, they read personal accounts of indentured servants.
Fourth graders investigate the role of African American slaves in rice plantations. In this slave life lesson, 4th graders discuss the products produced in the 13 colonies. Students discuss the importance of rice to South Carolina's economy. Students complete a Venn Diagram, two group projects, write a paragraph about life during the period, and complete a think-pair-share activity.
Students celebrate President's Day by studying George Washingtion, the US flag, and the American colonies. They sing, Yankee Doodle Dandy.
Students examine indentured servitude. In this Teaching Tolerance lesson, students compare indentured servitude of colonial America to the undocumented immigration of today. Students write reflections regarding how they feel about immigration.
Students explore specialized societal roles in the southern colonies, and simulate plantation owners' attitudes.
In this colonial America worksheet, students read assigned textbook pages detailing the U.S. Constitution and respond to 46 short answer questions.

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