Invite your students to step into the shoes of a Colonial Tradesman! I take my students to Colonial Williamsburg every year and this project is a great way to help them prepare for everything they will see while they're there. This would also be a great project to simply wrap up a Colonial Times Unit!
This project contains 3 parts. Read below for details of what's included in the product.
*Part 1: Research
1st Step: Choose a trade. Students will choose from the following trades:
apothecary, blacksmith, brickmaker, cabinetmaker, gunsmith, historic farmer, milliner, printer/binder, shoemaker, carpenter/joiner, foodways, founder, gardener, silversmith, tailor, weavere, wheelwright, and wigmaker.
2nd Step: Research Your Trade. Students can use provided internet resources and suggested books (or any other books you have as resources) to become experts on their trade. Reserach questions and room to record are included.
*Part 2: Journal Entries Assignment
-Students will write 5 journal entries from the perspective of a person working the trade that they researched. Journal Entry planning sheets are included, as well as pages for them to write each entry. *To make it more authentic, consider buying "old-timey" paper from a craft store and having students record entries on that!*
Rubric for journal entries is included.
*Part 3: Time Capsule
-Students will create a time capsule from Colonial times. They will include 5 objects (the journal entries count as one, so they'll need 4 more) that relate to their researched trade. Students should use creativity when creating these objects! Have them consider legos, clay, PVC pipe, play-doh, etc. They should turn in their objects in a box representing the tiem capsule. You can have students present their time capsules, or just turn them in for a grade. A rubric is included for the time capsule portion as well.
I hope your students enjoy this project as much as mine do every year!