Library of Congress
Colonial and Early America
Use these lesson plans, created by teachers for teachers, to explore Colonial and Early America.
- Drake’s West Indian Voyage 1588-1589 (Grades 6-8) Students investigate maps depicting a voyage by Sir Francis Drake involving attacks on Spanish settlements around the Atlantic. Students look closely at the details and draw conclusions about individual events as well as the entire voyage.
- George Washington: First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen (Grades 9-12) Students engage in three lessons examining George Washington's leadership. Lesson One examines ways in which George Washington demonstrated his leadership abilities as a young British colonial officer
- The Huexotzinco Codex (Grades 3-8) Students analyze pictograph documents created by native peoples of Puebla, Mexico in 1531. Students take on the role of historians, study the documents, and create a scenario to explain what these documents were for, who created them, and why.
- Geography and Its Impact on Colonial Life (Grades 6-8) Students examine a variety of primary sources to determine why colonists were drawn to settle in a particular region of the country.