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The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World
49 mins 11th - Higher Ed
The key ideas in this 50-minute video lecture is that commerce and trade transformed the seventeenth century, that wars previously fought over religious beliefs transformed into wars over economic resources, and that the quest for goods...
English-Indian Encounters in Early 17th Century Virginia
9th - 12th
Students participate in a three part lesson in which they examine the initial encounters between the English and the Indians, the different ways in which the colonist and Indians interacted and why English settlers and Native Americans...
The Physics of the Planets: How 16th and 17th Century Physicist Helped Us Understand Our Solar System
Eighth graders draw the paths of the planets in the solar system. In this astronomy lesson, 8th graders calculate speed of objects using distance and time information. They research about the work of scientists in the 16th and 17th century.
American Colonial Life in the Late 1700s: Distant Cousins
3rd - 5th
Students research how early colonists lived. They investigate late 17th century colonist's lives from Massachusetts and Delaware. Using their research, students write historical fiction in the form of friendly letters between the two...
Reading Guide: A Brief Description of the Province of Carolina
6th - 8th CCSS: Designed
Imagine crafting a pamphlet to attract settlers to a new colony. As part of their study of the settlement of North Carolina, eighth graders examine a pamphlet produced in the 17th century meant to attract settlers to Carolina. Using the...
An Introduction to Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan
3 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
No discussion about the importance of government influence in society is complete without Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes. As explained in a short analysis video, his 17th century work details the restrictions of individual freedom, and how...
The American Holocaust: The Impact of Epidemic Diseases on North America in the 16th Through 17th Centuries
7th - 8th
Students examine the American Holocaust. In this Native American history instructional activity, students conduct research on infectious diseases that wiped out population of indigenous peoples brought to the New World by Europeans in...