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Welcome to the Wicomico County, Maryland
Teaching American History Website

  The program was designed to raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge
and understanding of and appreciation for traditional U.S. history. By helping teachers to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of U.S. history as a separate subject matter within the core curriculum, these programs will improve instruction and raise student achievement.

Basic Lessons for Historical Immersion:

* Material Culture:
Objects near and dear to us were not around in colonial times, and may not be around for much longer.  Teach students how objects can tell about a person’s life just as much as writing.  Create a time capsule with your students to be opened in fifty years and speculate which objects will still be in use.


 Colonial Handwriting: (collapse)
  Lesson Plan Handwriting Resources :
1 (Writing Sample)  
2 (Early Letter Formation)  
3 (Reading Early American Handwriting)
  Primary Sources :
  1A (Pilgrim Materials)
  1B (Mayflower Compact, Typed)
  2A (Civil War Letter)
  2B (Civil War Letter, Typed)
  3A (Richard Henry Lee's Declaration)
  3B (Richard Henry Lee's Declaration, Typed)
Primary Sources :
4 (Life as Revealed, 1635) 
5 (Life as Revealed, 1637) 
6 (Life as Revealed, 1634)

Before diving into these lessons and their original documents, take a look at how to read colonial handwriting.  It’s not as easy as you think!





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* 7th Grade Colonial History:

From the 1600s to Reconstruction after the Civil War, teachers have created lesson plans to infuse primary resources in the 7th Grade US History curriculum.  Use these lesson plans and resources, or recreate a lesson that suites your needs.


* 11th Grade US History ; 10th Grade Government:

Find lesson plans that tie in local events to national headlines.  Take these resources and lesson plans to enhance the learning in 11th Grade US History and 10th Grade Government classes.


*  Website designed by : Samantha Roberts, 2011