What Was Everyday Life like in Colonial Virginia?

After reflecting on jobs people perform in the present day, scholars discuss what they believe jobs would have been like in Colonial Virginia during the American Revolution. Small groups then perform a jigsaw using informational packets. A new set of papers are dispersed alongside a graphic organizer that participants complete. Teams share out their new-found knowledge while the rest of the class fills in the remaining pieces of the organizer. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss the question at the start of the lesson then revisit it at the end to gauge learners' comprehension 
  • Direct pupils to answer the question then reply to at least one peer
  • Create homogeneous groups and work with those that require extra support, or heterogeneously to give peers of different abilities the opportunity to assist each other 
Classroom Considerations
  • Several copies are required—four required resources and five additional resources 
  • Comes with one extension activity 
  • Materials are easily accessed through clickable links 
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