- Research a particular colonial trade and write a report based on their research
- Present an oral report as though they were a craftsman, explaining their craft and what it was like to live in Colonial America
- Understand that colonial settlers were dependent upon one another, their environment, and other peoples in the region
- Explain how we are interdependent today
During the unit, our classroom becomes a small town and each student takes on the identity of a colonist. The students apprentice themselves to various imaginary master tradesmen and learn that trade. At the conclusion of this, the students become journeymen by passing a test of their skills (by giving a first-person oral presentation based on the research they have done). They dress as their characters, make a sign for their new shops, and share their experiences as apprentices in front of the entire "town."
Students learn about colonial interdependence using a ball of string to illustrate how different jobs and positions in a community are connected.
Imparts a lesson in colonial interdependence with students practicing the barter system and writing about the experience in their journals.