Primary Source Activity: Mary Comes to the College

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Primary Source Activity: Women Arrive At William and Mary


Grade and Level: United States and Virginia History Grade 11

Instructional Time: Flexible, approximately 50 minutes

Essential Learning: Students will practice analyzing primary sources to learn about young women arriving at the College of William and Mary, to better understand lives of people in the past and the process of research.

Essential Question: How do primary source documents inform us about events in the past?

Materials: Computer Lab with Internet; Copies of Research Sheet

Classroom Organization: Students in small groups of 2 - 3 students.


Standards, Benchmarks and Indicators Objectives

Virginia Standards, Benchmarks and Indicators Era 5, Topic 3: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the emerging role of the United States in world affairs and key domestic events after 1890 by 9.3 Performance Indicators D. Analyze how the emergence of the “New Woman” challenged Victorian values. National History Standard Assessment


Materials/Resources: textbook, list of prompts, access to word processing


Assessment Criteria: Attachments: