Classroom-Tested Lesson Plans
Podcast Lesson Plans
- Past & Present:
Using Podcasts in the Classroom (166 KB)
This lesson plan uses colonial trades as an example, but the lesson format can be used for podcasts on any subject matter.
- Creating a Podcast Episode (338 KB)
Students create their own podcast using a step-by-step worksheet.
Choosing Revolution Lesson Plans
- Colonial Reaction to the Stamp Act
Students analyze primary sources to determine colonial opinions of Great Britain's attempts to tax the colonists in the 1760s.
- Eighteenth-Century and Twentieth-Century Forms of Resistance
Students discuss the various types of resistance used in colonial times and compare them with forms of resistance from the twentieth century.
- A Family Disrupted: The Randolph Family and the Coming American Revolution
Some members of the prominent Williamsburg Randolph family were patriots, but others were loyalists. Students examine biographical information to determine these differing views and how they affected the Randolph family.
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- Acrimony in Bruton Parish Church
This role-play activity demonstrates to students the importance of religion in the eighteenth century and the conflict between the established Church of England and Enlightenment ideas.
- Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Slavery in the Colonial Period
In this lesson, students use Virginia Gazette advertisements for the return of runaway slaves to determine the nature of slavery during the colonial period.
- A Colonial Christmas in Williamsburg
Students compare modern Christmas celebrations with those of the eighteenth century and participate in eighteenth-century Christmas and Twelfth Night customs.
- Don't Fence Me In
Students explore different kinds of fences and their uses, and examine colonial attitudes toward land ownership and community.
- Eighteenth-Century Music and Dance
Students discover the customs and role of eighteenth-century dancing through primary sources, then learn the eighteenth-century dance “La Royale”.
- Getting Into History: Visiting Museums - a Shared Experience
This guide contains everything teachers need to help students make the most of history-related field trips.
- History Comes Alive in the Graveyard
This cemetery field trip and the related classroom activities allow students to appreciate and use gravestones as historical resources and thus gain a better understanding of their community.
- Mathematics with a Mob Cap
Students make mob caps—gathered linen or cotton caps worn almost constantly by eighteenth-century females—using geometry and other basic math skills.
- Predicting Weather in the Eighteenth Century
Students learn about eighteenth-century methods of predicting weather, such as weathervanes and almanacs, and why they would be important in an agricultural society. They then create their own weathervane.
- Signs of the Times
Students use trade shop signs to learn about eighteenth-century occupations. They then design their own trade sign to practice expressing ideas in simple graphic form.
- Travel in the 18th Century
In the eighteenth century, people of different social levels used various modes of transportation for different purposes and destinations. By looking at how people traveled, students learn more about life in the eighteenth century.
- The Trial of Abigail Briggs
Students role-play an eighteenth-century court case—a murder trial—to learn about colonial Virginia’s justice system.
- The Two Williamsburgs
Students learn about the lives of enslaved African Americans through the book “A Williamsburg Household.”
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