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Lesson plans and classroom resources aligned with the 8th grade curriculum (1st & 2nd Semester)
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  • American Heritage Chocolate
    To trace the history of cocoa and chocolate is to embark on a journey, a wonderful excursion through time and space. Few foods have such a rich social and economic history, one that extends from ancient times to modern manufacturing techniques. Cacao trees that produced the beans – ultimately made into chocolate – first grew in tropical regions of the Americas, originating among the Amerindian cultures of Central and South America.
  • Colonial Reaction To The Stamp Act
    In 1765, the British Parliament enacted the Stamp Act as a means of raising colonial tax revenues. The Colonists reacted immediately, asserting that the Stamp Act was an attempt to raise money in the colonies without the approval of colonial legislatures. Resistance to the act was demonstrated through debates in the colonial legislatures, written documents, and mob/crowd actions such as tarring and feathering tax collectors. In this lesson, students will analyze several documents.
  • Colonial Williamsburg: Coins and Currency in Colonial America
    "Coins & Currency in Colonial America” examines the diverse types of money jingling in the pockets and purses of our colonial ancestors.

    In this interactive, online exhibit, learn about varied coinage from all over the globe that influenced the currency we carry today. A glossary, top ten FAQs list, timeline, relative scale and value charts, zooming capability and sidebars all add layers of discovery to this expansive exhibit.
  • Colonial Williamsburg: Equipping a Continental Soldier
    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.
  • Colonial Williamsburg: Mapping Colonial America
    Explore colonial maps from Colonial Williamsburg's collection in an online exhibition that includes maps dated from 1587 to 1782. The online exhibition looks at maps relating to colonial discovery, exploration, boundary disputes, navigation, trade, the French and Indian War, and the Revolutionary War. The exhibition features a zooming tool allowing a close look at map details, a glossary of terms, and a timeline of major events in history that occurred near the date a particular map was drawn.
  • Colonial Williamsburg: The Somerset Case
    In this lesson, students learn about the legal relationship between Great Britain and her colonies by examining a legal dispute over the institution of slavery.
  • 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)
  • National Geographic Kids: On the Trail of John Smith - A Jamestown Adventure
    Follow John Smith as he helps establish the Jamestown colony, explores the Chesapeake Bay, and meets local Indians in this new game.
  • National Geographic Xpeditions: The Chesapeake Bay: A Model for Change
    In this lesson, students will conduct research on the Chesapeake Bay, from Captain John Smith's explorations of Native American settlements in the early seventeenth century to the present, and examine how these changes over time can help illuminate the interrelationships between people and places. They will then apply a similar approach to their local area. Through an examination of a timeline of change, students will make connections between the present interaction with place and its future.
  • National Geographics Xpeditions: Health Indicators in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
    Using the Chesapeake Bay—the largest estuary in the United States—and its watershed as a model, this lesson will focus on how the sciences can identify clues about the health of the environment and the ways in which geography can help make connections between human actions and environmental conditions. Students will use online tools and resources to examine data concerning key indicators of the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the factors that affect it.
  • Revolutionary War: The Home Front
    From the Library of Congress, "Defining a "home front" in the Revolutionary War is difficult because so much of the thirteen states became, at one time or another, an actual theater of war. Even so, the war profoudly affected the domestic scene, and the domestic scene, in turn, greatly influenced the conduct and course of the war." Provides a variety of primary sources.
  • Smithsonian Source: Colonial America
    This section is intended to supplement the curricula, textbooks, and materials you currently use for lessons on the colonial period. The teacher-developed resources in the section will enhance the classroom experience for both you and your students. The lesson plans and DBQs are organized by grade level. The DBQ primary sources can stand alone in DBQ exercises. Images of the primary sources are independent of any extensive explanatory information, so that the images can be used as handouts.

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