Colonial America, American Revolution and the Early Republic

  1. Teaching Ideas and Lesson Plans on the American Colonial Period

    1. Warren Stevenson, “Life in Colonial America" (PDF)
    2. Kay Alverson-Hillman, “Whose land is it anyway?” (PDF)
      This 10th grade lesson plan is intended to incorporate local history with British colonization of Massachusetts and settlements of frontier towns by the colonists in Native American territory as they ventured west from Boston from 1775 to the French and Indian wars.
    3. Thomas Lamey, “Comparison of Jamestown and Plymouth Plantations”(PDF)
    4. Lisa Lajoie, “Living Museum of Colonial America” (PDF)
      Students prepare a living history museum project by studying local family history and present their findings to their classmates. (5th Grade).
    5. Susan Reardon, “Diversity and Tolerance in Colonial America” (A lesson plan for 5th graders.) (PDF)
    6. Robin Silva, “Colonial University” (A student self-paced lesson plan on life in the Colonial America.) (PDF)
    7. Thomas Lamey, “Comparison of Jamestown and Plymouth Plantations.” (PDF)
    8. Valerie Spar, “Colonial Cooking.” (Grades 10 and 11) (PDF)
  2. Teaching Ideas and Lesson Plans on the American Revolution

    1. Daniel Elliott, “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” (PDF)
    2. Christina Manto, “ An Illustrated Manuscript: A Lesson On Facts of the American Revolution Fact” (PDF)
    3. Michelle Snouffer, “Political Cartoons Of the American Revolution” (PDF),
      Bostonians in Distress (PDF), Join or Die (PDF), Lesson plan project overview (PDF), US History I (PDF),
      Paying the Excise Man (PDF), The Bloody Massacre (PDF), The Horse America and quiz (PDF),
      The Horse America quiz2 (PDF)
    4. Bob Jones, “The Visuals of the Boston Massacre” (for grades 7 to 11) (PDF)
    5. Who’s in Camp” (A lesson plan based on “The Price of Freedom: Americans at War.” For all grade levels.)
    6. Robin Allain-Moody, Lesson plan on “Americans’ Resistance to British Policies Before and After 1775” (PDF)
    7. Timothy Normandin, “Knee Deep in the Muddy: Washington Constructs Fort Necessity” (PDF)
    8. June Kelly and Mary Jane Flaherty, “Make a Broadside”
    9. Steve Marini, “Early American Consumerism and Its Impact on the Independence Movement
    10. Donna Troest, “The Declaration of Independence.” (PDF)
    11. Lynn Murray, Primary Source Documentation Analysis on the American Revolution.” (5th Grade)
    12. Kathy DiNapoli, “The Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party.” (5th Grade) (PDF)
  3. Teaching Ideas and Lesson Plans on the Era of United States Constitution.

    1. Ron Williams, “The Miracle of the Constitution: The roles of the Founding Fathers at the Constitutional Convention” ( 10th Grade level) (PDF)
    2. Robert Skillen, Student Debates on “Should the Majority Rule” (PDF) by using Madison’s Federalist Paper #10 and/or Thomas Jefferson’s views and others on Shays’ Rebellion. The procedure is to locate at least two conflicting reports, using primary sources, about an event and have each of two teams (2 to 4 students each) report the event as it is in their primary source.
    3. Steve Forte, “Formation of the Constitution” (PDF)
  4. Teaching Ideas and Lesson Plans on the Early Republic

    1. Keith Williams, The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Death Penalty.”
  5. Teaching Ideas and Lesson Plans: Genera

    1. Todd Goodwin, “Hands Across Time”: A lesson plan to teach students a time line of significant events and ideas in American History. (PDF)
    2. Kathleen Paulsen, “Slave Rebellions" (PDF)
    3. Mary Elizabeth Maynard, “Using the Virtual Tour of the Hancock Shaker Museum” (PDF)
    4. Steve Marini, “Local Historical Resources for American Economic History