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"Pray, Why Speakest Thou Thusly?"

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Examine popular language and slang and how they have changed over the course of American history. Conduct Internet research, use an online interactive Colonial House website to translate 17th century language into 21st century language,...
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The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
The key ideas in this 50-minute video lecture is that commerce and trade transformed the seventeenth century, that wars previously fought over religious beliefs transformed into wars over economic resources, and that the quest for goods...
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The Physics of the Planets: How 16th and 17th Century Physicist Helped Us Understand Our Solar System

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders draw the paths of the planets in the solar system. In this astronomy lesson, 8th graders calculate speed of objects using distance and time information. They research about the work of scientists in the 16th and 17th century.
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Politics and Religion in 17th Century Dutch Art

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders examine different pieces of Dutch Art. They identify its social and political meanings by using cultural and historical information. They examine maps of the time period as well.
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American Life in the 17th Century: 1607-1692

For Teachers 10th - 12th
What was American life like during the 1600s? Help your class discover facts about the unhealthy conditions at Chesapeake Bay, the tobacco economy, Bacon's Rebellion, colonial slavery, the Salem Witch Trials, and colonial life. Slides...
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Putting a Spin on Current Events

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine the symbolism on a 17th-century cabinet. In this symbolism instructional activity, students view samples of a 17th century cabinet and identify it's symbols. Students create their own cabinet by using various art...
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English-Indian Encounters in Early 17th Century Virginia

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students participate in a three part lesson in which they examine the initial encounters between the English and the Indians, the different ways in which the colonist and Indians interacted and why English settlers and Native Americans...
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The American Holocaust: The Impact of Epidemic Diseases on North America in the 16th Through 17th Centuries

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students examine the American Holocaust. In this Native American history lesson, students conduct research on infectious diseases that wiped out population of indigenous peoples brought to the New World by Europeans in the 16th and 17th...
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Robert Boyle and Medical Reform in the 17th Century

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Introduce pupils to the work of Robert Boyle and his influence on medical practice through a series of informational texts and discussion questions.
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Late 17th Century and 18th Century American Society (1)

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive American history learning exercise, students answer 11 multiple choice questions regarding late 17th and 18th century America. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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American Colonial Life in the Late 1700s: Distant Cousins

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners research how early colonists lived. They investigate late 17th century colonist's lives from Massachusetts and Delaware. Using their research, students write historical fiction in the form of friendly letters between the two...
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The Enlightenment: Matching Activity 4

For Students 7th - 9th
Just finished reading about the 17th century and the period of Enlightenment? Use this helpful worksheet that covers the people and events your class has just read about. Learners can use this resource to match ten different...
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Tulip Mania

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Imagine trading a single tulip bulb for a house! Such was the case during the tulip economic bubble in the 17th century. After reading a short article about this mania, class members use the information in the article to consider the...
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Women Of Jamestown Lesson Plan

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
To better understand the role women played in early 17th century US history, class members examine the National Women's History Museum's online exhibit, Building the New World: the Women of Jamestown Settlement. After studying the 11...
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"Adding It Up" at James Fort

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Pupils discuss jettons and their archaeological importance at Jamestown. They then practice using historic counting sheets and artifacts to understand the calculating methods of the early 17th Century, and identify their similarities...
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Periodic Pigment

For Teachers K - 12th
Students make paint using the ingredients from recipes from the 17th century. In this paint making lesson plan, students follow a recipe with vegetable oil, eggs, pigment, paintbrushes, and more to make their paint.
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New France, New Home - Making a Difference

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students explore story settings by completing a chart.  For this storytelling lesson, students read a story about 17th Century France and the lack of women in the area.  Students predict the story points before they read and complete a...
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Fire-fighting in the Seventeenth Century Wordsearch

For Students 7th - 12th
In this 17th century firefighting activity, students locate and circle 18 significant names and terms in a wordsearch. A word bank is provided.
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The Dutch

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Before seeing this presentation, your class might not have a grasp of the contributions to art, science, and politics made by the Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries. Comprehensive and engaging, the many images and discussion points in...
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US Constitution and Connecticut

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers analyze copies of primary source documents and list similarities between the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut and the United States Constitution following a review of culture and government of the 17th century.
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The Wars of Religion (1560s-1648)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Providing the details of different religious wars in 16th - 17th century Europe, this presentation includes pictures and maps to help contextualize these important events. The last slide prompts viewers to answer a question about the...
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An Introduction to Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
No discussion about the importance of government influence in society is complete without Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes. As explained in a short analysis video, his 17th century work details the restrictions of individual freedom, and how...
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History's "Worst" Nun

For Students 6th - 12th
It wasn't easy being a woman, a nun, a poet, and an activist for women's rights in the mid-17th century, especially in Mexico. Juana Ramirez de Asbaje was all the above. Learn more about this amazing woman in a short video that details...
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Nuclear Energy

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Atomic theory as a philosophical study was explored even by the Ancient Greeks. The knowledge of atoms was developed in the 17th century.  This PowerPoint explains how by the 1940's, splitting of the atom was discovered and since then,...

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