Colonial History (5th Grade)

The works of art presented in this guide offer students an introduction to American history as represented by the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Each object is treated as a primary source; we encourage students to use their critical thinking skills to interpret the clues imbedded in each of the objects. Students will have the opportunity to “explore” the development of colonial government in New Spain, the changing communities of Boston, as well as learn about the political tensions that ultimately lead to the American Revolution. The guide also draws attention to the political and social inequalities endured by African Americans and Native Americans. While every attempt was made to include a wide variety of historical narratives, this guide does not represent the full range of perspectives that comprise our nation’s history. We encourage you to use the included bibliography to expose your students to these alternative narratives.

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Colonial Object Information Sheet (5th Grade)

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