|Overview of this
Students will actively
engage themselves in the Project Based Learning study of the Colonial
of American history. In collaborative groups, the students will
research of their character's particular social group (gentry, middling
class, working poor and enslaved Africans). From that shared
research, they will then refine further research to their particular
They can collaborate further by contacting Colonial Williamsburg
and email students at a Williamsburg area school through ePals.
Purpose of This Unit
Enduring Understanding: A
location in a given social order influences the person's perspective,
in the past and in today's world.
historical perspectives of the various groups in the 1770's on the
of Independence and how does that relate to life in our nation today?
most important elements of researching primary documents/resources?
colonial characters whose narratives were studied?
historical period effect the experiences related in the narratives?
sources and documents?
documents useful in studying the past?
can historical fact be presented?
primary sources be used to develop historical fiction?
learn from the past that can be useful?
What were the
conditions of various
social groups in 1770's Virginia that led to the change from a loyal
colony to a leading proponent of Independence?
What was life like for
the various social groups in that time and place?
Learning Objectives of This Unit
This project will have the following
1. Students will understand the daily life
of the various social classes which existed in the Williamsburg,
area in the early to mid-1770's, leading up to the American
2. Students will meet Specific
Objectives (from California State History/Social
Standards and ISTE) :
California State History/Social
The students will understand the political,
social, and economic institutions that evolved in the colonial
1. The students will Understand how
colonial period created the basis for the development of political
and a free-market economic system (California Social Studies Standards
2.The students will understand the
location and physical setting on the founding of the original 13
colonies (California Social Studies Standards 5.4.1)
3. The students will describe the
of slavery into America, the responses of slave families to their
the ongoing struggle between proponents and opponents of slavery, and
gradual institutionalization of slavery in the South.(California Social
Studies Standards 5.4.6)
4. The students will explain the early
ideas and practices that emerged during the colonial period, including
the significance of representative assemblies and town meetings.
Social Studies Standards 5.4.7)
LANGUAGE ARTS OBJECTIVES:
1. The students will Create multiple
write clear, coherent, and focused essays. The writing exhibits
of the audience and purpose. Essays contain formal introductions,
evidence, and conclusions. Students progress through the stages
process as needed.
Create multiple-paragraph narrative compositions:
Establish and develop a situation or plot.
Describe the setting.
Present an ending.
Create multiple-paragraph expository compositions:
Establish a topic, important ideas, or events in sequence or
Provide details and transitional expressions that link one paragraph
to another in a
line of thought.
Offer a concluding paragraph that summarizes important ideas and
Use organizational features of printed text (e.g., citations, end
to locate relevant information.
Create simple documents by using electronic media and employing
(e.g., passwords, entry and pull-down menus, word searches, the
Use a thesaurus to identify alternative word choices and meanings.
Edit and revise manuscripts to improve the meaning and focus of writing
deleting, consolidating, clarifying, and rearranging words and
ISTE National Technology Standards
1.Basic operations and
Students demonstrate a sound
of the nature and operation of technology systems.
2. Students are proficient in
use of technology.
3. Technology productivity
use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity,
and promote creativity.
use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing
technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce