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Students simulate the role of a travel agent to understand how to read and use road maps. They plan a bus trip through New England for a group of travelers that includes, bus travel, meals and attractions. They plan the distance that will be traveled each, and attempt to make accommodations for weather in order to sell the travelers on their travel agency.
Sixth graders explore the settings of the novel The Secret Garden. For this research skills lesson, 6th graders research India and England. Students compare and contrast the culture, time zones, landforms, customs, language, climate, capital cities, major cities, major waterways, currency, current time, time zones and vegetation of the countries.
Class groups use a graphic organizer to respond to questions and record impressions as they examine sections of the Charter of Carolina, the document that gave control of the colony to eight Lords Proprietors. After completing their study of the document, individuals then assume the identity of one of the Lords Proprietors and, writing in his voice, craft a letter to King Charles of England thanking him for the grant. Although some less-experienced readers may be challenged by the antiquated language of the Charter, readers can access background information and annotations by moving their mouse over highlighted text.
Explore New England's economic and cultural past and possible issues New Englanders will face in the future. Middle and high schoolers research the fishing industry and the need for regulation. They analyze the topography of New England and various primary source documents related to the fishing industry in order to write a found poem. They research and debate whether or not legislation to restrict fishing should be initiated.
Students understand the similarities and differences between English and Native American conceptions of the land and town settlement. They understand how the colony of Massachusetts developed and expanded. Students understand the causes of King Philip's War. They understand how maps can reveal the cultural assumptions of particular times and places.
Students create newspapers on William Shakespeare. In this language arts lesson, students have read a Shakespearean play and studied Elizabethan England before creating newspapers about Shakespeare. The newspaper is created by groups of 2 or 3 students and includes at least 7articles and one advertisement. This comprehensive lesson plan contains internet sites for research, an assignment paper, a scoring guide, and even sample student newspapers.
Students examine historical fiction as historical sources. In this historical fiction instructional activity, students analyze excerpts from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice as well as Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in order to examine commentary regarding the industrial revolution, the traditional class system, and family life in England.
Talk about Tudor drama! High school historians explore the tragic life of Catherine of Aragon through an informational text, which is approximately seven paragraphs long. Four comprehension questions follow, three of which are recall questions. The last gives an interesting twist, asking scholars to imagine they are living in England and choose a side in the annulment debate: Henry VIII or Catherine? This would make an excellent pre-debate research assignment!
Fifth graders investigate what a covenant was and how they relate to contemporary government ideals. For this comparing covenant lesson, 5th graders examine primary source documents that are examples of covenants from 18th century New England. They read and make concept webs of the covenants before writing an original covenant.
Explore New England government in the 1700's with your class. They will identify historical documents as primary or secondary sources, then read and discuss the significance of these documents as they relate to the "freedom of religion" stated in the Bill of Rights. Next, they explain the relationship between the actions of Gloucester citizens and the eventual content of the Bill of Rights. End by creating a copybook containing a petition to change a current school or community rule.
In this seventeenth century England learning exercise, students make a list of as many odd things in the cartoon as possible, they write a paragraph explaining how the artist feels about living in a country with no king, and students identify the different groups in England at that time and what ideas they held.
Introduce your young historians to the challenges and rewards of examining primary source material. Groups use a carefully scaffolded worksheet to tackle “John White Searches for the Colonists.” The excerpt from White’s 1585 travelogue, written in florid, 16th century English, details his unsuccessful search for the colonists of Roanoke Island.