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Colonial Period Government and Politics Teacher Resources
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Students examine the causes of the American Revolution. In this colonial America lesson, students read handouts regarding the sequence of events that led to the commencement of the war. Students complete the provided worksheets and participate in the provided simulation.
Tenth graders study the thirteenth original English colonies. They work in cooperative groups to design a fourteenth colony while focusing on the cooperation that it takes to work together. They choose the location, name, government, and the essential that will be needed for the colony.
Students explore the effects of colonialism in Africa. In this World History lesson, students read the Legacy of Colonialism and take a stance on Colonialism to write a letter to the editor. They are paired with a same-ability partner who writes a letter with an opposing view. These letters are used to discuss the concept and history of Colonialism.
Students discuss life and education of a colonial child and how their lives compare after reading from "History Alive" textbook. They create a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting two items from colonial education and modern day education, colonial home life and modern day home life, and colonial leisure time and modern day leisure time using inspiration software on the computer.
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 instructional activity, they practice dying fabric using fruits and vegetables.
Students study the importance of geographic location which can determine the survival and progress of a colony. They examine the effects that cultural background and specific historical events have upon the development of a colony and view examples of documents that have established laws and regulations for historic colonies and to determine the specific regulations and laws to be established for their colony design.
Learners study the labor force used during Colonial America. For this Colonial America lesson, students discuss labor types used in the colonies. Learners 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. Learners complete a journal entry, work in groups to answer a discussion question, and create their on indenture contract or slave bill.
Students explore some of the ideas of major importance to the Founders, why we need a government, and how the Founders believed governments should be created and what they should do. They think of a right that all people should have and explain how they think rights likes the one they chose could be protected. Finally, students become a philosopher and work together to come up with an argument of a classroom and teacher with no rights, compared to John Locke.