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Primary Sources: Daily Life in 1820

Brittany Cook, Maine Historical Society, Cumberland County


6-8, 9-12

  • Social Studies -- History

4-5 days

  • 1775-1850
  • Community

This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to explore and analyze primary source documents from the years before, during, and immediately after Maine became the 23rd state in the Union. Through close looking at documents, objects, and art from Maine during and around 1820, students will ask questions and draw informed conclusions about life at the time of statehood.

  • Students will examine and analyze primary source documents, art, and objects, and use the sources provided to draw informed conclusions and ask informed questions about Maine life in and around 1820.
  • Students will compare political documents from the years leading up to Maine statehood in 1820 to previous knowledge they may have about national movements during the Revolutionary War.
  • Students will examine fashion and portraiture as resources for learning about daily life.
  • Students will answer open-ended questions about primary sources through close looking, comparing, and hypothesizing.

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