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Standard 5.0 History

Topic B. Emergence, Expansion and Changes in Nations and Empires

Indicator 2. Analyze the growth and development of colonial America

Objective c. Analyze the different roles and viewpoints of individuals and groups, such as women, men, free and enslaved Africans, and Native Americans during the Revolutionary period

To help students understand the variety of experiences and viewpoints that existed during the Revolutionary era, have them create living history vignettes. Explain the concept of living history: After conducting extensive research on an era and the people living in it, a living historian creates a character and a skit that illustrate that history. Working in pairs, students should choose one of the following identities: a merchant from New England, a landowner from the South, a white lower class dockworker, a middle class wife, a free African American from New England, an enslaved African American from the South, and a Native American from the colonial frontier. Direct students to conduct research into the daily lives of their person. What sort of work would they have done? In what ways would they have participated in public life? What would their role in family life have been? What rights would they have had? How would they have felt about the events of the Revolutionary period? Have students use their research to write a 30 to 60 second living history skit that gives an idea what the life of their character would have been like and how they would have reacted to the Stamp Act. Have students perform their vignettes for the class.

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