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LESSON PLANS

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Engage your students with history! Develop their powers of analysis and inquiry by guiding them to examine and study a historical source. Use these analysis sheets with any historical source to guide their exploration.

ATTACK the Source (Elementary)

You are CLEVER enough to examine a historical source (Middle)

Historical Source Analysis Sheet (Middle)

Historical Source Analysis Sheet (High)

World War II Home Front: Can all you Can

How did canning food at home aid the war effort during WWII?

SOL: CE.1, CE.3, USII.1, USII.8, VS.1, VUS.1, VUS.12

Thomas Meade Estate Inventory

What can an estate inventory tell you about an individual?

SOL: USI.1, USI.5, VS.1, VS.4, VUS.1, VUS.3

Nat Turner Rebellion

What effect did Nat Turner's Rebellion have on how enslaved and free African Americans were treated in Virginia?

SOL: VS.7, VUS.6

Petition from Judith Hope

On what grounds did Judith Hope ask for her freedom?

SOL: CE.7, USI.1, USI.8, USI.9, VS.7, VUS.1, VUS.6

Henry Box Brown Escapes Slavery

How did Henry Box Brown escape from slavery?

SOL: USI.9, VS.7, VUS.6, VUS.7

Gilbert Hunt and the Richmond Theater Fire

Was Gilbert Hunt treated like a hero?

SOL: VS.1, VS.7

Manumission Petition for James Lafayette

For what service during the American Revolution was James Lafayette awarded his freedom?

SOL: USI.1, USI.5, VS.1, VS.5

Land Survey by George Washington

What was one of George Washington's first jobs?

SOL: USI.1, USI.6, VS.1, VS.6

Petition of the Meherrin Indians

What steps did the Meherrin Indians take to try to protect their land from encroaching colonists?

SOL: USI.1, USI.3, USI.4, VS.1, VS.2, VS.3, VUS.2, VUS.6

Petition of Phillip Gowen

Were African Americans held as indentured servants in colonial Virginia?

SOL: USI.1, USI.5, VS.1, VS.3, VS.4, VUS.1, VUS.3