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Teaching Resources for Your Classroom

Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of quality instructional materials to help you teach students about life in early America, including the following:

Will's Story, by Joan Lowery NixonWILL'S STORY (Book)
Written by Joan Lowery Nixon

Twelve-year-old Will Pelham is the son of the Williamsburg jailer. Will befriends Emmanuel, an imprisoned runaway slave, and discovers his plans for an escape. (Grades 4-6), 162 pages. $9.95. To order, call 1-800-761-8331 or email [email protected].


The A Day in the Life series gives students a glimpse of daily life in the eighteenth century. Through stories of people from the past, students experience colonial life from multiple perspectives: working-class young men, women, gentlemen, merchants, enslaved and free African Americans, and more. Learn about how their lives intersected and how society functioned in early America. The 3-disc boxed set includes two DVDs with eight 18-minute video episodes, and one CD-ROM with teacher materials, including background information, a timeline and glossary, and lesson plans with primary sources (in PDF format). The 3-D immersive role playing game Betwixt Folly and Fate and a link to the "Dress the Part" interactive Web activity are also included. (Grades 4–8), $99.00. To order, call 1-800-761-8331 or email [email protected].  

Teaching Literacy Through History (Lesson Unit)TEACHING LITERACY THROUGH HISTORY (Lesson Unit)

Use primary documents to help your students become independent readers with critical minds attuned to evaluating their sources. These materials with associated writing activities provide strategies and tools to help your students become independent nonfiction readers. Grades 4–8, 108 pages. $34.95. To order, call 1-800-761-8331 or email [email protected].