Choosing a Trade in Colonial America

How did workers pick a trade in colonial America? Using a WebQuest approach, scholars explore life in the colonial era by looking at professions available to men like Benjamin Franklin. Individuals then apply their knowledge to create diaries of colonial youth looking for trades.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign further research on what life was like for young people in the British colonies of North America
  • Use extension activities for learners to create fictional diaries of colonial youth
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of a larger series exploring early America
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Web-based resources allow for exploration and choice
  • Assignments integrate multiple disciplines and research skills
  • Lesson plan is complete and ready to use, including assessments and discussion questions
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