Early American and Colonial Period Arts Teacher Resources

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Practice Test: Colonialism and the Foundations of American Democracy

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Which document introduced the idea of limited government? What is the official beginning of the American Revolution? From the colonial period to the establishment of the Constitution, this assessment includes 40 multiple choice questions...
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Colonial Rules

For Teachers 9th - 11th
How did Colonists react to British rule prior to the American Revolution? Give your high schoolers a taste of oppression with this role-play activity, then let them come up with a revolution of their own. This excercise is intended to...
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What Was Everyday Life like in Colonial Virginia?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
What was everyday life like in Colonial Virginia? To find the answer cooperative groups work collaboratively to read an informational handout and complete a graphic organizer. The speaker of the group then shares their new-found...
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American Colonial Life in the Late 1700s: Distant Cousins

For Teachers 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...
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Colonial Vacation Planner

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Looking for a good lesson plan on the Colonial Period for your upper-elementary class? Then, this lesson plan is for you! They use website designs, U.S. travel publications, and maps to plan a family vacation to states which were part of...
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Comparing SLaves and Servants in Colonial New York

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Young historians compare and contrast differences in the laws that regulated the activities of slaves and servants. They review and analyze a series of primary source documents to explain the social constructs related to slaves and...
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Immigrants' Experiences in Colonial North Carolina

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What would it have been like to leave your birthplace and move to a brand new colony? Why might you have decided to move? What challenges would you have faced? As part of a series of lessons about the history of North Carolina, middle...
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A Ticket to Philly—In 1769: Thinking about Cities, Then and Now

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
While cities had only a small fraction of the population in colonial America, they played a significant role in pre-revolutionary years, and this was certainly true for the largest city in the North American colonies: Philadelphia. Your...
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How Do We Know about Colonial Life?

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Young history sleuths examine an inventory of the belongings of a Virginia colonist and use deductive reasoning to determine what the document reveals about colonial life. They then use a Venn diagram to compare the inventory with a...
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Cameo Portraits, the Colonial Period

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students create cameo pictures which were quite popular during the Colonial time period. They combine art and creative writing as an extension activity and present their creative project to the class.
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Harvesting the New World: Changing Land Uses and Contact Between Cultures in Colonial Times

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders differentiate the Native American and European values. In this world history lesson plan, 9th graders define colonialism in their own words. They study the effects of epidemics and other diseases to Native American...
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The Education of Women in Colonial America

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What educational opportunities were available to women during the colonial era in American history? How did the opportunities available to women differ from those for men? To answer this question, class members examine a series of...
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The Diversity of American Colonial Societies: 1530-1770

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
An extensive view of the demographic, environment and diversity found in early American colonial societies. Older learners are provided with a fairly clear image of the many different people who came to the New World. There is a lot of...
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Lesson 5: Rally the Colonists

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders discover the role that propaganda played in prompting the colonists to rebel against the British. In this American Revolution lesson, 10th graders analyze the Gadsden Flag and discuss how slogans inspire people to act.
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Globe Skills Lesson 4 The Colonial Period

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners practice their map skills. In this Colonial geography lesson, students complete an activity that requires them to locate English colonial locations using latitude and longitude coordinates.
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Documenting Research: Sorting and Recording Information About the Wheelwright

For Teachers 4th Standards
Fourth graders practice using a graphic organizer to record their notes and answer text-dependent questions while supplying evidence of how they found their answer. They focus on a machine called the wheelright, which was commonly used...
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Colonial America Homeschool Lesson Plan

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the history and influential people of the  Colonial American period. In this Colonial America lesson, students discover what daily life was like during Colonial times, and discuss the 13 original colonies. Students will...
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How Has Colonialism Led to Multilingualism in Africa

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Prepare yourself for a top-notch presentation on colonialism in Africa! Discussed are the reasons for African multilingualism. Maps and a country-by-country look at various colonists that made their mark on the African continent are...
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American Biography: Pocahontas, Life in a Box, Colonial Timeline, Pathfinder

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders research the life and accomplishments of Pocahontas. In this historical figures lesson, 4th graders explore primary sources available from the Library of Congress regarding colonial Virginia and determine how...
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Colonial Identity

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students research and discuss the origins of the American colonies and explore how colonists were still influenced by English culture. As a follow-up project, students produce a portrait of an individual.
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One Room School House Reading Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore schools during the Colonial period. In this American history lesson, students participate in a simulation of school days in Colonial America. Students visit a museum and use the schoolhouse as a setting for their...
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"A Colonial Family and Community"

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore U.S. history by examining images in class. In this Colonial era lesson, students read assigned text about a Colonial family and discuss the differences between them and their own family. Students create an illustration...
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Colonial America: Causes Of The American Revolution

For Teachers 7th - 10th
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...
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Humanities in Colonial and Revolutionary America

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students demonstrate dances of colonial America. In this colonial American lesson, students learn forms of colonial social dancing including the Juba and Virginia Reel. Students examine the history of the 2 dances as well.