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Ohio during the Pre- Revolutionary Era

Lesson Plan

Created by Launie Shaw
David Zeisberger

(David Zeisberger)

Grade Level:   

Fifth grade

Estimated duration of the lesson: 

one to two days

Content Standard/ Grade level indicators: 

History, Growth  6.  Explain the impact of settlement, industrialization and transportation on the expansion of the United States.

Primary Sources:

The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, 1774-1777, Chapter VII, pp. 104-107. American Memory, Library of Congress.


Lesson summary: 

Through the use of two primary sources written during the same time period the students will gain a better understanding of life on the Ohio Frontier during the pre-revolutionary era. 

Instructional steps to the lesson: 

First the students will be divided into two groups. Then students will read and analyze the two primary sources provided. Each group will complete a document analysis worksheet.  One person per group will be asked to share their information to the entire class.  One person will also be the writer and complete an overhead that can be shared with the class.  From these analyses each student will individually complete a compare and contrast paper.  After a set amount of time or another day the class will review the compare/contrast papers and complete a class Venn Diagram.  This will help to review the different comparisons and contrasts that were uncovered.  Discussions will be encouraged.

Worksheets needed: 


Teacher materials: 

for final class explanation