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Sample Lessons - American History

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  1. Lesson 1: Orientation
    10 Steps
  2. Lesson 2: The Banner of the Sun (Meso-America)
    12 Steps
  3. Lesson 3: Brave New World (The Early Explorers)
    11 Steps
  4. Lesson 4: The Colossus of Empire (The Colonies)
    11 Steps
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2.6—Project 1: Colonial Map of the Americas – Sample

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For this project, students should reproduce a colonial map of anywhere in the Americas made between 1492 and 1800. Maps may be of a continent, region, state, city, or battle.

  1. Students should first choose a map that interests them and then research both the map and the place it depicts.
  2. Next, Students must recreate the map on quality art paper, of 10 x 14 inches or larger, using pens, colored pencils, art markers, watercolor, etc. Students should pay special attention in order to recreate all lines, land features, sea creatures, ships, legends, compasses, borders, etc.

This project should be completed by the end of the 6th lesson. Students should choose their map and complete their research by the end of the 2nd lesson.

Colonial Map Projects are graded on the student’s knowledge of their chosen map and place, the following of directions, craftsmanship, and work ethic.