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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:

Music from the 18th-Century Theatre

Music from the 18th-Century Theatre is performed by Colonial Williamsburg singers and by musicians on period instruments. The selections are from operas and plays known to have been performed in the theatre in Williamsburg in the 18th century.
CD extras include a documentary "Williamsburg, the Birthplace of American Theatre," and interactive floor plan of early theatres, lyrics, playbills, and period images. $17.95. To order, call 1-800-761-8331.


Songs for a RevolutionSONGS FOR A REVOLUTION
Lesson Units: Educating America's Citizens

"Liberty Songs" rallied the American colonists and parodied British political songs. Your students can explore the politics and propaganda of the American Revolution through lyrics and music, including an overview of the popular "Yankee Doodle" and a music CD titled In Freedom We're Born: Songs From the American Revolution. Grades 7-12, 117 pages. To order, call 1-800-761-8331.



Keys of the PalaceKEYS OF THE PALACE

Williamsburg’s chief musician for more than fifty years was Peter Pelham. He worked in theaters, churches, concert halls and in the chambers of the Colonial gentry, and he often performed for the Royal Governor’s at the Governor’s Palace. In this recording, Colonial Williamsburg’s Michael Monaco performs Peter Pelham’s repertoire of 18th century music on the period keyboard instruments of the Governor’s Palace. To order, call 1-800-761-8331.

I. Hardy Playing Cards I. HARDY PLAYING CARDS

Eighteenth-century playing cards were printed on heavy paper and imported to the colonies from England. Based on a deck printed by I. Hardy ca 1765. $7.00. To order, call 1-800-761-8331.

The Game of Goose and Dice THE ROYAL AND MOST PLEASANT

A popular colonial board game. Players follow simple rules to move around the board with a toss of the dice (included). Heavyweight paper, 17 1/2" x 23" $8.00. To order, call 1-800-761-8331.




The Game of Human Life and Dice THE NEW GAME OF HUMAN LIFE & DICE

Another popular colonial board game. Players move around the board and through the stages of life—infancy to old age (dice included). Paper, 17 1/2" x 23 1/2" $9.50. To order, call 1-800-761-8331.