1) The Students will use the Internet to conduct research regarding The Hermitage, the home and plantation of President Andrew Jackson.
2) The students will list five facts they learned from the website and be prepared to discuss them during a class discussion.
3) The students will use an interactive map to list and briefly describe various aspects and locations found on the plantation.
1) The teacher will ask the students to describe a southern plantation. The teacher may need to guide this brief discussion by asking questions such as: Who lived on a plantation? What was the function of a plantation? What sorts of crops were grown on a plantation? What type of buildings would you find on a southern plantation?
2) The students will navigate to “The Hermitage” website in order to discover some facts about this plantation on their own. They will list five facts they find in their navigation on The Hermitage: Describing the Grounds Worksheet. This can be accomplished in pairs or small groups or even as a homework assignment if computer access is not available for all students.
3) The students will then navigate the interactive map from “The Hermitage” website in order to complete The Hermitage: Describing the Grounds Worksheet. When these two activities are complete the class may meet to conduct a debriefing of what they have learned.
“The Hermitage” was a fully functional cotton plantation so an extension of this lesson may be to have the students investigate the production of cotton in the 19th century. This could include the process of cotton production, the role of slaves in cotton production, the increase of cotton production due to the invention of the cotton gin, or even the production of cotton into cloth.
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Credits: This lesson was developed by Robert McClelland, Cleveland Metropolitan School District.