Colonial America Primary Sources

Colonial America Primary Sources
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Colonial America Primary Sources are just what teachers need to help students learn how to analyze primary sources in order to meet Common Core State Standards!

Students participate in active learning by creating their own interpretations of history using historical documents. Students make observations, generate questions, organize information and ideas, think analytically, write persuasively or informatively, and cite evidence to support their opinion, hypotheses, and conclusions. Students learn how to integrate and evaluate information to deepen their understanding of historical events. As a result, students experience a more relevant and meaningful learning experience.

The 20 Colonial America Primary Sources are:
1. Map of “James Fort” at Jamestown – 1607
2. Painting (1932) entitled The Mayflower Compact, 1620 depicts the signing of the first political document in colonial American history – 1620
3. Depictions of the first “Thanksgiving” held in 1621
4. Illustration of Dutch colony of New Amsterdam in 1664, located on what is now Manhattan Island in New York City
5. Replica of painting of slaves in Virginia processing tobacco for export – 1670
6. Portrait of a Puritan woman and her baby – late 1600s
7. Illustration of early shipbuilding in a New England colony – late 1600s
8. Oil painting entitled The Birth of Pennsylvania 1680 – William Penn, standing, faces King Charles II in the king’s breakfast chamber – 1680
9. Illustration entitled “Indian Raid in 1675” during King Philip’s War in Massachusetts
10. Illustrations of early colonial tools and equipment – 1706
11. A colonial Quaker meeting with a woman preaching – early 1700s
12. Illustration of the planned city of Savannah, Georgia – 1734
13. Illustration of Harvard College in Massachusetts – 1740
14. Illustration of a rice plantation in the southern colonies – 1750s
15. First-hand account of the passage by ship to colonial America – 1750
16. Details from a map showing barrels of tobacco from Virginia and Maryland being loaded onto ships – 1751
17. Print of the Bodleian Plate, depicting the colonial architecture of Colonial Williamsburg – 1781
18. Illustration of British ships and soldiers arriving in Boston Harbor – 1768
19. Illustration (1932) of the reading of the Declaration of Independence from the East Balcony of the Old State House, Boston, Massachusetts – July 18, 1776
20. Map of the original thirteen colonies created for the United States centennial in 1876
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