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There are 21 web lessons. Displaying lessons 1 through 21.
Was the Stamp Act Fair?

Students will examine and evaluate different perspectives concerning events leading to the American Revolution, in this case the Stamp Act.... [more]

Introduction to the study of the Declaration of Independence

The students will understand the founding documents of the United States.... [more]

Understanding the Declaration of Independence

Students will have a basic knowledge of the Declaration of Independence and the rights and privileges demanded in the document. They will also have knowledge of how those rights and privileges have affected our... [more]

How Africans Became Slaves (instead of indentured servants) for the Colonists

Students will examine and evaluate the different perspectives that led to Africans becoming slaves (instead of indentured servants) for the... [more]

Roles of Virginians During Revolutionary War Era

Virginians played various roles during the Revolutionary War... [more]

Slavery in Virginia
Students will use primary sources to analyze the effects plantation life and slavery had on Colonial... [more]

”We the People: Promise and Practice in our Constitution

  • Constitutional government guarantees that our government is not all-powerful
  • Purposes of our government are listed in the Preamble
  • Equality under the law and minority rights are protected by the Constitution
... [more]

Revolutionary War

Students will be engaged in an inquiry project in which they will identify and research influential people, important causes and primary documents of the Revolutionary War.... [more]

Doing History: Life in the Early Republic

By the end of these lessons, the students will have a sense of some aspects of daily life around the turn of the eighteenth century and contrast that with their own lives. They will get a sense of how history is made by both the people who live it and the professionals who research and write... [more]

Challenges Faced by the New Nation's Presidents

The student will use the internet and the LOC website to locate primary sources.

The student will interpret and analyze information found in primary and secondary sources.

The student will demonstrate an understanding of the struggle of the new nation to gain the respect of... [more]

Jefferson Administration

The students will analyze and explain the major domestic issues occurring during the Thomas Jefferson administration.

Students will be able to describe and discuss how the United States acquired the Louisiana Territory and how the United States acquired information about its new... [more]

The Story of the American Indians

This lesson introduces the concept that Indians adapted to the areas of the American continents in which they were located. The students will study and compare the different American Indians tribes, their rituals, daily lives, and their impact on the Europeans who came later to the... [more]

Our Compromise, Our Constitution

  • Increase understanding of our constitutional government

  • Become aware of the purpose of our government

  • Understand basic rights that are protected by the U.S.... [more]

Causes of the American Revolution

How did England impose its political and economic control over the... [more]

Get to Know Your Bill of Rights

The first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America provide a written guarantee of individual rights (e.g., freedom of speech, freedom of... [more]

A Comparison of Indentured Servants and Slaves

Students will examine and compare the lives of slaves and indentured servants using primary sources and the historical fiction books, Molly Bannaky and Barefoot.

Students will analyze and compare advertisements for runaway slaves. The students will learn that slaves... [more]

A Differentiated Way through Think Dots

The students will classify new species and compare the contributions of Natural Resources found during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Other students will investigate and research the Capital, Natural, and Human Resources of the American Indians that were met along the trail since the 19th... [more]

Learning about Native Americans through Artifact Analysis and Artwork

Students will learn how a Native American's environment (including the geographic region where they lived) influenced their food, clothing, shelter, and the overall culture of a... [more]

Bossy Britain Upsets Colonists

Students will examine the causes of dissatisfaction that led to the American... [more]

Expansion and Reform: Applying the Declaration of Independence

Students should conduct inquiries and research-acquiring, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, evaluating, and communicating facts, themes, and general principles operating in American history.

Using the Declaration of Independence, students will formulate the historical question: What... [more]

Origins of American Government

  • Provide students with the opportunity to analyze and interpret primary source documents.

  • Select and defend positions in writing, discussion and debate.

  • Enhance student understanding of the political philosophies that shaped the development of the Virginia and U.S.... [more]