Lexington in 1775: Colonial Life and the American Revolution
Detail from “The Battle of Lexington, April 19th, 1775,” 1775. Amos Doolittle, engraver. Courtesy of Connecticut Historical Society
In 2004, the National Heritage Museum’s curriculum development team created curricula for the third and the fifth grades based on current scholarship and primary source research. The curricula conform to the Massachusetts Department of Education’s history curriculum framework. The third grade unit focuses in local history – students learn about everyday life in colonial Lexington by taking on the roles of real children who lived in the town in 1775. Through exploring family life, farm life, the economy, and community life, students come to understand that English colonists living in Lexington wanted to protect their freedom to own land and to govern themselves. The fifth grade lessons are supplements that explore slavery in New England, taxation, women’s political participation, and self-government in Massachusetts.
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"Lexington in 1775" – Curriculum Unit for 3rd Grade
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Supplementary Material for 5th Grade American History Instruction
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