Larry A. Morgan
Social Studies Teacher
You asked for an exchange of lessons. Here is one I use for 8th
grade SS economics.
Pioneer Budget Activity
"You are a young person from France who has been recruited to move to Louisiana to help start the new colony there. In France, you have few chances to better yourself and no opportunity to ever own land. In America, you will be given a minimum of a League (3 square miles!) of land, just for signing up to go. You have signed a contract promising to live on the land and work it for a minimum of 5 years. You are from a small town in France and know almost nothing about farming and even less about surviving in the wilderness...."
See what your students can do. I plan to try this next fall in my own classes. - Greg
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