Author:
CodeVA Curriculum
Subject:
Computer Science, Data and Analysis, American History, Virginia History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Middle School
Tags:
Colonial, Data Visualization, History, Integration, Social Studies
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
Language:
English
Media Formats:
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Education Standards

Who Were Indentured Servants?

Who Were Indentured Servants?

Overview

In this lesson, students will organize and visualize data from indentured contract databases from virtualjamestown.org in order to come to some conclusions about the characteristics of indentured servants in early colonial America. They will make specific decisions about how to organize the data and how to best visualize the data. They will then use the data to draw conclusions about indentured servants in early colonial Virginia, culminating in a creative journal entry assignment. Additional lessons can have students search for and analyze data on the enslaved Africans of early colonial Virginia in order to compare and contrast the two forms of labor in colonial Virginia.

Overview

In this lesson, students will organize and visualize data from indentured contract databases from virtualjamestown.org in order to come to some conclusions about the characteristics of indentured servants in early colonial America. They will make specific decisions about how to organize the data and how to best visualize the data. They will then use the data to draw conclusions about indentured servants in early colonial Virginia, culminating in a creative journal entry assignment. Additional lessons can have students search for and analyze data on the enslaved Africans of early colonial Virginia in order to compare and contrast the two forms of labor in colonial Virginia. 

Objectives

The students will be able to . . .

  • Organize data on a spreadsheet
  • Use hypotheses to make decisions about data organization
  • Draw conclusions about sets of data about indentured servants
     

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