Colonial Period Government and Politics Teacher Resources
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Settling the Plymouth Colony
Students use the Internet and graphic organizers to research the Plymouth Colony the experience of the Pilgrims. Students compare and contrast different colonies and develop a timeline showcasing their research.
Settling the Plymouth Colony
Students label blank maps with the names of the New England Colonies. They explain the difficulties that the Pilgrims had and how hard they worked to survive in Plymouth.
Latin American Colonial Diary
Students examine the class systems of New Spain. In small groups, they create a five-day diary about the family life, food, occupation, and government involvement of an assigned personality from the time of Colonial Latin America.
Colonial Living: A Look at the Arts, Crafts, History, and Literature of Early Americans
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.
Living In The Colonies
High schoolers 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.
Early Colonial Labor Force: Indentured Servants and Slaves
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.
An Introduction to Government
Students consider the need for a structure such as government and the different kinds of possible governments, e.g. republic, aristocracy, democracy, etc.
Planning a Government
Demonstrate the complexities of running a government with this group activity. Young politicians are arranged into small groups and become leaders of a hypothetical country (outline of country provided). Groups must outline 6 (listed) political and economic structures for their nation. The goal is not correct answers, but a quest for answers. Presentations are bound to evoke interesting discussion, and give you the chance to introduce basic functions of government.
Learning About Colonial Life
Students use predictions to explore the lifestyle of American colonists. They draw conclusions about the culture of colonial America based on items used in daily life.
Colonial America: The Original 13
Students work in small groups to research the initial history of two colonies and answering a list of questions. They then prepare a PowerPoint presentation or poster that includes all the findings of the questions and share their presentation with the whole class.
Students discover the history of Colonial America by creating a class presentation. For this U.S. History lesson, students utilize the Internet to research one of 20 topics in which they will create a PowerPoint or other type of presentation for their class. Students may utilize audio recordings or video in their PowerPoint presentation if the equipment is accessible.
Settlement During Colonial America
Students use text, lecture and Internet research to examine the early English colonial settlements. They divide into small groups and debate which colony would be the best to live in at that time.
social studies: Life in Colonial America
Students explore the trials and tribulations early colonial life and note its successes. Through literature, Internet research, and interactive software, they engage in various activities to evaluate early social and cultural development.
Why do we need a Government
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.
Government "Kooshball" Debate
Seventh graders compare Islamic government and culture to American government and culture. In this cultural diversity lesson, 7th graders fall on the same side of the issue as they debate the type of government a country should adopt.
The Age of Constitution Writing
Was the United States significantly more democratic in their governing structures and laws after the overthrow of British authorities? Compare and contrast summaries of the country's constitutions under British rule and after independence, as well as examine a summation of the Articles of Confederation.
History and Government of Canada
In this Canadian geography worksheet, students read about how Canada developed and governs itself. Students take notes and answer 4 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
This exercise combines learning about colonialism with playing tag. Class members are asked whether a statement involves an economic, religious, political or social factor and then run to the location with the corresponding poster. The "It" person has to try to tag the runners. Those who answer incorrectly become "It" as well as those who are tagged. This could be adapted to any topic as a form of review.
Spanish Colonials Encounter Quechan Culture
Young scholars use primary sources from the de Anza expedition of the 1770's to research colonial encounters with the Quechan people from Yuma Crossing, Arizona.
The Stamp Act and Virtual Representation
"No taxation without representation!" While many have heard this rallying cry of the American colonists prior to the Revolutionary War, rarely is time given to hear the British reasoning behind their implementation of the Stamp Act. This instructional activity, which presents the cases of both the British government and American colonists side-by-side, will help your class acquire valuable perspective on a key event contributing to the American Revolution.