School Improvement in Maryland

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Standard 5.0 History

Topic A. Individuals and Societies Change Over Time

Indicator 1. Analyze the chronology and significance of key historical events leading to early settlement in Maryland

Objective b. Compare the development of places and regions, such as St. Mary's City, Western Maryland, Kent Island, and Annapolis

Have students complete a chart that examines what life would be like for people living in colonial Maryland's various regions. At the top of the chart, label the columns "Southern Maryland/St. Mary's," "Western Maryland," "Eastern Shore," and "Annapolis." Label each row with a different aspect of life, and provide students with choices from which to select their answer. Students should select the answer that most appropriately describes a typical resident of that region. For example: (1) Where do you live: In town, Near a town, or Far from a town? (2) How do you earn a living: Farmer or Businessman? (3) If you are a farmer, what crop do you grow: Wheat or Tobacco? (4) How do you travel: On rivers or on roads? After completing their worksheets, students should assume the identity of a settler in one of the regions and write a paragraph describing their life.

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