Grade Range: 9-12Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Primary SourceDate Posted: 9/29/2008
In this lesson, students will carefully examine an authentic Massachusetts thirty-shilling note (1775) from the Museum's collection and hypothesize the meaning of its visual elements. Students will use primary and secondary sources to refine the hypothesis and in the process, discover the role the Magna Carta played in the colonists' defense of their rights as Englishmen. The lesson provides insight into the causes of the American Revolution and builds students' ability to read and interpret objects as primary sources.
Discovery learning, Discussions, Multimedia instruction, Museum education, Questioning techniques, Self directed groups, Visual instruction, Large Group instruction, Small group instruction
Resolution to raise troops, Massachusetts, April 23, 1778.
Magna Carta, shilling, colonial era, Massachusetts, colonial America, liberty, document, colonial, history, American history, Articles of Association, 1775, colonial period, currency, US history, Revere, Paul, Founding Documents, Historical Thinking, United States history, Continental Congress, colony
Beginning with the Stamp Act that angered the patriots, readers meet George Washington, Thomas Je...
Support for Smithsonian's History Explorer is provided by the Verizon Foundation