The beauty of teaching Language Arts and Social Studies is the seamless way in which they can be combined into meaningful, multi-disciplinary learning experiences. Case in point, this week we'll travel back in time and explore how people made a living in colonial America. This will involve two activities. Here is a copy of what I gave to the kids:
NOTE: Spelling assignments are listed at the bottom of this page. Just scroll down.
ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 7-11
We will investigate colonial trades through virtual tours of living history museums and through primary sources containing personal accounts of colonial apprentices.
For this activity, your tasks will be to:
1. Read about becoming an apprentice.
More information about becoming an apprentice (modern language)
This is interesting, too
2. Answer the following questions in well-thought-out constructed responses:
1. What was life like for colonial apprentices and other youth?
2. When did young people have to choose a trade?
3. How do the lives of colonial apprentices compare/contrast to your own?
Part 2:We’re going to learn about the many trades practiced in colonial America, the process of becoming an artisan, and the role of artisans in colonial society. For this activity, your task will be to:
- Choose a trade and become that person. Research your trade, using the questions on the next page to guide you. The answers will then be written in paragraph form.
- Create a mini-poster that includes the name of your trade and an illustration.
- Present your information to the class.
The information and poster will create an impressive bulletin board display in the hallway, so the emphasis is on creating a product that is
TO DIRECT YOUR RESEARCH:
1. Your trade is__________
2. Describe your trade in detail.
3. What are the tools of your trade, and where do you get them?
4. What are the required skills of your trade?
5. Do you need to be an apprentice for your job? If so, for how long? What process do you go through to become the master of your craft?
On an 8 ½ X 11 piece of art paper, write the name of your trade in large, decorative letters. Then draw a picture that exemplifies your trade. (For example, if I was a broom maker, I’d draw a [colonial-style] broom on my paper.) Fill the space, and use bold colors; small pictures or letters don’t show up well on a display.
Your mini-poster (8 ½ X 11) and write-up will be matted and glued onto a 12 X 18 piece of construction paper for our hallway display.
Here is a list of colonial trades (certainly not a complete one!) Click on the links to begin your research. (I do hope you look beyond this one site for your information. There's lots out there!)
- Broom Maker
- Gunsmith and Founder
- Harnessmaker and Saddler
- Innkeepter/Tavern Owner
- Leather Working
- Printer and Binder
- School Teacher
- Soap Making
- EVEN MORE information I stumbled upon for a couple trades:
- Index of many trades to look through for more information
- Colonial Trades and Slideshows--useful information for project
- Tradesmen in Colonial America--more information about many of the trades
- Dictionary of trades and occupations -- JUST in case you didn't think there was anything going on in Colonial America...
- Kid Info--Colonial Life Pretty much anything you want to learn about colonial life can be found here; this is an excellent, very rich site to explore! HOW INTERESTED ARE YOU IN LEARNING MORE?THESE ARE REALLY WORTH LOOKING AT!
- Colonial Diseases
- What Colonial Schools Were Like--Hard Benches
- Slavery in the colonies--interactive--Must see! Must read!
- Magic Lens Interactive Reading Primary Documents—Slavery This is just COOL!
IMPORTANT: AS I CONFERENCE WITH STUDENTS, THEY WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO INDEPENDENTLY TYPE THEIR RESPONSE TO LITERATURE FINAL DRAFTS. THESE WILL BE COLLECTED NO LATER THAN MONDAY, APRIL 14TH.
ALSO IMPORTANT: THE 13 COLONIES BHT (BIG HONKIN' TEST) PLANNED FOR FRIDAY THE 11TH HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, APRIL 14TH. YOUR STUDENT HAS THE INFORMATION NEEDED TO STUDY, AND NOW THEY HAVE MORE TIME TO DO IT! WOO-HOO! ASK THEM TO SHOW YOU.
Monday: Pages 128-129
Tuesday: Pages 130-131
Wednesday: Pages 132-133
Thursday: Page 134
Friday: STUDY HALL