Lesson plans and classroom resources aligned with the 11th grade curriculum (1st & 2nd Semester)
Last Updated: May 9, 2011
- Boston Tea Party Historical Society
The Boston Tea Party Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural organization established to preserve and share the Tea Party history. The Society collects and tells the story of the B.T.P. through an interactive website and publishing. We also occasionally debunk popular myths about the famous destruction of tea in Boston Harbor. Includes: Historical Accounts, Case Studies, Videos, Essays, Timeline, Facts, and much more.
- Colonial Williamsburg: Courtship and Marriage
Until the eighteenth century, arranged marriages were commonplace. Strategic marriages reaffirmed a family’s social position, launched a young man’s political or economic career, and offered the woman economic security. In this jigsaw activity, students work in small groups to examine various aspects of eighteenth-century courtship and marriage, and then compare courting practices, parental influence, the wedding the wedding ceremony, and wedding celebrations with similar present-day customs
- Colonial Williamsburg: Equipping a Continental Soldier
On the surface, it defies logic to think that an army of citizen soldiers could successfully win American independence from Great Britain, the eighteenth-century world’s most powerful empire. In this lesson, students learn how the United States formed its first army and established the tradition of the citizen soldier. Then, working in small groups, they “equip” a Continental soldier by answering a series of challenge questions.
- Mission US
Mission US is a multimedia project featuring free interactive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history. The first game, Mission 1: "For Crown or Colony?," puts the player in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a 14-year-old printer's apprentice in 1770 Boston. As Nat navigates the city and completes tasks, he encounters a spectrum of people living and working there when tensions mount before the Boston Massacre. Ultimately, the player determines Nat's fate by deciding where his loyalties lie
- National Archives: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
Series of lessons and primary sources including: Images of the American Revolution, Constitution Day Workshop Observing Constitution Day, Launching the New U.S. Navy
- Teaching With Documents: Images of the American Revolution
Many factors contributed to the eventual success of the American colonies as they revolted against British rule. American leadership, the timely support of international allies, and international respect and recognition played major roles in the struggle for independence. Several documents and engravings held by the National Archives help to illustrate these important factors that led to the founding of the United States.
- The Great Compromise
Students will be able to explain and compare the Virginia Plan, the New Jersey Plan, and the Great Compromise. Students will be able to describe the perspectives of both the smaller and larger states by reflecting on the activity in a journal entry.