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Lesson Plans (11) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (10) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (4) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.


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Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Report the Trials: Salem Hysteria
Description: Students will act as a radio/TV reporter informing the public of the hysteria of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Within partners/groups, students will create a podcast/vodcast connecting Puritan life and culture with the events in Salem.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Extra, Extra!! Mary Rowlandson's Captivity Newscast
Description: This lesson will be an interdisciplinary lesson that involves both English Language Arts and Social Studies (History). The lesson will be primarily technology-based and also project-based that will have the students performing historical research and developing a "photo-story" through a PowerPoint presentation for their own newscast. The lesson will be part of a larger unit that combines literature from the early 1600s through the 1800s, and will primarily focus on the encounters and relationships of European explorers with the Native American life in North America. The lesson, in particular, will look at the Puritan life and beliefs, and how this life style influenced history, literature, and one woman's captivity with the Native American Indian tribe of the Wampanoag. Through research and analysis of the captivity narrative of Mary Rowlandson, the students will compose a newscast that will track the history of the events of King Philip's War and tie those events into a narrow report on Mary Rowlandson's actual captivity through the "removes" that she details in her narrative.


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Subject: Social Studies (10)
Title: Creating the 14th Colony
Description: After studying the 13 original colonies students will create their own colonies in cooperative groups. This will help students understand the difficulties the colonist had to endure in learning to work together. Students will have to name thier colony, choose a location for thier colony, write a compact, and choose essential items needed to live in the colony.


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Subject: Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Our Original Thirteen Colonial Settlements
Description: After students have researched one of the thirteen original colonies, they will be asked to present a flyer encouraging others to come settle in their assigned colony. Oral presentations to the class must be accompanied by a written report and may include a computer slideshow presentation that will receive a separate grade.


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Subject: Social Studies (10)
Title: Learning About Colonial Life
Description: This is a group activity that allows students to use predictions to learn about the lifestyle of American colonists.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Religion,Social Studies
Title: The First Great Awakening     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine primary documents from the mid-18th century, and are introduced to the ideas, practices, and evangelical spirit of the First Great Awakening.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Magna Carta: Cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students learn about Magna Carta, the document which served to lay the foundation for the evolution of parliamentary government. Students describe the role of Magna Carta in shaping the thinking of American colonists and explain how this document was used to justify independence from Great Britain.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Dramatizing History in Arthur Miller's ''The Crucible''     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students consider how Arthur Miller interpreted the facts of the Salem witch trials and how he successfully dramatized them in his play, The Crucible. Students examine some of Miller's historical sources: biographies of key players and transcripts of the Salem Witch trials themselves. The students also read a summary of the historical events in Salem and study a timeline. The students then read The Crucible itself.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: William Penn's Peaceable Kingdom     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students juxtapose the different promotional tracts of William Penn and David Pastorius to understand the ethnic diversity of Pennsylvania along with the pullfactors of migration in the 17th century English colonies.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: The Chesapeake Bay: A Time for Change     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students 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 interrelationship between people and place. They then apply a similar approach to their local area. Through an examination of a timeline of change, students make connections between the present interaction with place and its future and consider ways that they can help shape the future course of both the Chesapeake Bay watershed and their own community.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Religion,Social Studies
Title: Religion in 18th Century America     
Description: This curriculum unit from EDSITEment will, through the use of primary documents, introduce students to the First Great Awakening, the most significant religious development of 18th century America. In addition, students learn the ways in which religious-based arguments were used both in support of and against the American Revolution.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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A Look into Life on a Colonial Farm
Overview:
This podcast is intended to help students get a visual of what life was like during colonial times on a farm. You will be able to view the inside of a colonial farm, in rural Virginia. While looking around the home you will see a working kitchen and be able to listen to a description of some foods being prepared. You will also learn a little bit about the process of preparing flax to be made into clothing. If you are looking for a way to share with your students what life was like this is the podcast for you!


Web Resources


Informational Materials


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The Original 13 Colonies History
http://www.timepage....
Website provides facts about the orginial 13 colonies. Includes primary sources. Other links for events and famous Americans during the development of American Colonies are available.

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Salem Witch Museum
http://www.salemwitc...
This is a great resource for someone teaching The Crucible, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, or early American history.

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Are You a Witch: Salem Witch Trials Game
http://www.nationalg...
This interactive game allows students to make choices to determine if they would survive the Salem witch trials. This is a great way to introduce the topic or to help students develop reasoning skills.

Thinkfinity Informational Materials


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Massachusetts, 20 Shillings, 1690     
Description: Called upon by the British government to help fight the French in Canada in 1689, Massachusetts authorities were hard-put to comply, because official money was unavailable. The Hull/Sanderson mint, which had created Pine Tree Shillings and other coins, had been closed on Crown orders years before, and all coinage was now in extremely short supply. Then someone had an idea: Why not issue paper certificates to pay for the supplies and troops that Massachusetts was expected to contribute?...
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Massachusetts, Pine Tree Shilling, "1652" (struck 1667-1674)     
Description: As early as 1650, the colony of Massachusetts Bay was a commercial success. But an inadequate supply of money put its future development in jeopardy. England was not inclined to send gold and silver coins to the colonies, for they were in short supply in the mother country. Taking matters into their own hands, Boston authorities allowed two settlers, John Hull and Robert Sanderson, to set up a mint in the capital in 1652. The two were soon striking silver coinage-shillings, sixpences, and threepences. Nearly all of the new coins bore the same date: 1652. This was the origin of America's most famous colonial coin, the pine tree shilling...
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Silver Teapot made for Abigail Robinson of Newport, RI     
Description: Teapots were among the fashionable items that fit many colonists' taste for stylish possessions in 18th-century British North America. Among the prosperous classes, growing numbers adopted the genteel practice of drinking afternoon tea in imitation of the English gentry. Some Americans imported ceramic tea services, while others patronized local silversmiths. Silver was intrinsically expensive, and it allowed engraved decoration and personalized initials, as on this teapot...
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Slave Shackles     
Description: In the 15th century, decades before they sailed into the Caribbean, Spanish merchants, captains, and adventurers had already conquered and enslaved the people of the Canary Islands in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. On the western coast of continental Africa, the Portuguese had been cultivating a slavery-based economic policy. This legacy of conquest and slavery shaped the colonization of Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean. Some of the first American encounters between Europeans, Indians, and Africans took place in Puerto Rico, and its early history of genocidal violence and physical exploitation was repeated throughout the Americas.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: E Pluribus Unum     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from Assumption College, focuses on three key decades during which Americans found it challenging to determine the meaning of the country's defining concept of '' e pluribus unum'' -- '' one from many.'' In addition to being arranged by period (the 1770s, the 1850s and the 1920s), resources on this site are also arranged in topical clusters. The site includes introductory essays, resources (including e-texts, digitized artifacts, and links) to facilitate online research, sample student exhibits and questions for discussion, writing and research.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Plymouth Colony Archive Project     
Description: The Plymouth Colony Archive, offered by the University of Virginia, presents this collection of historical texts, including court records, colony laws, research topics, biographical profiles of selected colonists, probate inventories, wills, maps, fort plans, and architectural studies. Find studies on the history and the myths of the Plymouth colonists. This resource is referenced in the EDSITEment lesson titled '' A Trip To Wonderland.''
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Trade Tomahawk     
Description: Trade tomahawks were generally made in Europe and used by settlers to trade with the Indians.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: America on the Move Collection Object Search     
Description: The National Museum of American History's online transportation collection includes more than a thousand artifacts and photographs. Browse the collection by selecting multiple categories, eras, and regions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Preparing for the Oath: Establishing Independence     
Description: Learn more about America's transition from colony to country through short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The eight questions included in this segment cover topics such as the Declaration of Independence, the War of Independence, and George Washington.This site was designed with the needs of recent immigrants in mind. It is written at a low-intermediate ESL level.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Preparing for the Oath: A Growing Nation     
Description: Explore the history of the peopling of America through short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The eight questions included in this segment cover topics such as American Indians, British colonists, slavery, westward expansion, and immigration.This site was designed with the needs of recent immigrants in mind. It is written at a low-intermediate ESL level.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Choate Family: American Colonists     
Description: In the mid-1760s, Abraham Choate had a 10-room house built in Ipswich, Massachusetts, for his wife, Sarah, and their growing family. Students can learn about the Choate family by investigating a room from their house, a deed from 1772, and artifacts that a family like the Choate's would have owned. The Choates were the first family to live in the house that is the focus of Within These Walls , an online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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