American History Comes Alive in Ohio

By Needham, Rosalind | Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, September 2004 | Go to article overview

American History Comes Alive in Ohio


Needham, Rosalind, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences


Junior High Unit Spans Five Disciplines

A time of upheaval and innovation, the American Colonial Period (1600-1775) was marked by New World settlers' struggles to adapt to a life that lacked anything familiar or prefabricated. Despite the fact that many colonists left their homelands to escape economic, political, or religious conditions, they nevertheless brought with them their native traditions and attitudes. The art, literature, government, agriculture, and religion of the Colonial Period grew from a unique hybrid of the difficult conditions of the New World and the established thinking of the Old World. The period provides a rich opportunity to study the contributions of the colonists across multiple disciplines.

In the fall of 2003, a team of eighth-grade teachers at Washington Junior High School in Toledo, Ohio, constructed a unit on Colonial life that spanned five disciplines: family and consumer sciences, history, language arts, science, and math. Special education support classes also participated. At the end of the unit, the entire team took a field trip to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan, where aspects of Colonial life are recreated by actors in historically accurate workshops and farms.

Prior to the field trip, students in family and consumer sciences (FCS) class learned how Colonial women and children reused and borrowed fabric to make patchwork quilts that kept them warm and preserved their family's history and memories. In doing so they created unique, functional art. To put this technique into practice, students sewed their own patchwork pillows using fabric borrowed and saved from previous sewing projects.

In history class, students compared and contrasted lifestyles in the New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies. Reviewing the commerce, religion, and geography of the areas, they examined the Early American culture as it led to the American Revolution. The culminating class activity was the creation of a newspaper composed of studentwritten articles describing events of the time. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

American History Comes Alive in Ohio
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.