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1 Colonial Connecticut: Literature and Web Resources Michael Festi EDU 553.e25 November 13, 2005

2 Introduction The information found in this presentation is part of a a larger project entitled Colonial Connecticut: A Teacher’s Resource Guide. The sub-topic covered here involves literature and website resources that may be included in a Social Studies curriculum unit on Colonial Connecticut. The intention of this presentation is to provide a short summary of the literature and website resources that may be used to create lesson plans and will be included in the Teacher’s Resource Guide.

3 Connecticut Standards Historical Thinking  gather historical data from multiple sources  engage in reading challenging primary and secondary historical source materials, some of which is contradictory and requires questioning of validity  Describe sources of historical information Local, United States, and World History  demonstrate knowledge of major trends in state and local history, including history of original peoples, early settlements and selected changes over the past two centuries Historical Themes  examine family life and cultures of different peoples at different times in history  explain different types of conflict, different ways in which conflicts have been resolved, and different ways that conflicts and their resolutions have affected people  describe and explain some of the reasons people have moved and relate these reasons to some historic movements of large groups of people  describe some goods, products and ideas which were exchanged as the result of movement Applying History  exhibit curiosity and pose questions about the past when presented with artifacts, records or other evidence of the past  recognize relationships between events and people of the past and present circumstances, concerns and developments The information found herein should conform to those standards established by the Connecticut State Department of Education as found in the Social Studies Curriculum Framework (1998) for grades K-4.

4 Connection to the Standards Knowing the Connecticut standards that apply to the unit is important, but it is also important to note how the resources are connected to the standards. Historical Thinking – While providing students with a variety of historical resources (primary and secondary source documents), students will use these resources to meet the standards Local, United States, and World History – Students will use available literature and website resources to learn about Connecticut (local) history including original peoples, early settlements, and changes over time. Historical Themes – Through the various literature and website resources students will develop a greater sense of life in colonial Connecticut. This especially holds true for the fiction literature where students can visualize life through the eyes of the characters. Applying History – Students should form questions based on the information they find in the literature and website resources. It is the intention that students will connect this information to the present day in order to determine relationships between the two time periods.

5 Choosing Resources When choosing literature and web resources, discretion is appropriate. Teachers should be familiar with the authors of their sources, especially for non-fiction because of the presentation of facts. The following are questions a teacher might ask when reviewing literature and web resources:  Is the author a respected authority?  When was this resource written?  Has this information changed over time?  Does this present information contradictory to what students previously believed? These questions will help teachers choose the best possible resources to provide their students.

6 Access to Resources Most of the literature resources listed here should be accessible through the Connecticut Library System. I have had access to all of the listed literature through either the library at Eastern Connecticut State University or through my town’s library, the Somers Public Library. Therefore, these resources should be available through inter-library loan. Unfortunately, in order to view the web resources, one must have access to the Internet. If an Internet connection is not available in one’s classroom, another option might be to print out the web resources (or select information) from a computer that can access the Internet.

7 Nonfiction Literature  Fradin, D.B. (1990). The Connecticut Colony. Chicago: Children’s Press. This is a textbook that provides readers with a great deal of information about the colonization of Connecticut including Native American tribes, the first settlers, and the various Connecticut Colonies (three river towns).  Hakim, J. (1993). Making Thirteen Colonies. New York: Oxford University Press. An informational text about the Thirteen Colonies that covers from colonization to independence. Not only does this text include information about the Connecticut Colony, but it also contains information on the other 12 colonies.  Whitehurst, S. (2000). The Colony of Connecticut. New York: Powerkids’ Press. This book accounts for information beginning in the 1600s, and follows the trail of Connecticut history from Adriaen Block to the inauguration of Connecticut as the 5 th state in Nonfiction literature pertaining to Colonial Connecticut:

8 Nonfiction Literature  Barrett, T. (1995). Growing Up in Colonial America. Connecticut: Millbrook Press. An informational book about the lives of children in colonial America. The book addresses the topics of recreation and daily life.  Carlson, L. (1997). Colonial Kids: An activity guide to life in the new world. Chicago Review Press. This book offers a variety of activities that can be related to life in colonial America. The book includes instructions to make colonial crafts and play colonial games.  Davis, K. C. & Schindler, S. D. (2002). Don’t Know Much About the Pilgrims. HarperCollins Publishers. An informational book part of the Don’t Know Much About… series. This book provides a variety of information about the Pilgrims including customs and daily life.  Hakim, J. (1993). The First Americans. New York: Oxford University Press. A textbook that informs readers about the first Americans that lived in the “New World” long before the explorers and colonists arrived.  McGovern, A. & Otani, J. (1964, 1992). …If You Lived In Colonial Times. New York: Scholastic Inc. In this book, the author attempts to answer common questions about what life was like during colonial times. Nonfiction literature pertaining to the thirteen colonies and colonial life:

9 Fiction Literature  Creech, S. (2000). The Wanderer. New York: HarperCollins. This is the story of Sophie, 13, who travels from Virginia to Connecticut in order to make a transatlantic voyage to England with her three uncles and two cousins. Novel.  Dalgliesh, A. (1954). The Courage of Sarah Noble. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks. This is the story of Sarah Noble who travels with her father to New Milford, CT, in order to build a new home for her family. This story touches on family life and interaction with Native Americans. Novel.  Speare, E.G. (1958). The Witch of Blackbird Pond. New York: Yearling. Kit Taylor sails from the Caribbean to Connecticut in order to make a new home. This story is about Kit and her struggle to fit into her Puritan community. Fiction literature pertaining to Colonial Connecticut:

10 Fiction literature pertaining to the thirteen colonies and colonial life:  Bowen, G. (1997). My Village Sturbridge. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Set in1827 Sturbridge, MA, this is a fictional tale of a 15 year-old True Mason who wishes to continue his apprenticeship with the master engraver. Picture book.  Bruchac, J. & Shed, G. (2000). Squanto’s Journey: The story of the first thanksgiving. New York: Harcourt Inc. This story is narrated by Squanto and offers his account of the first thanksgiving with the Pilgrims, a unique perspective. Picture Book.  Fleischman, P. (1990). Saturnalia. New York: HarperCollins. Set in 1681 Boston, William is a Narragansett Indian boy whose village was attacked. He has been apprenticed to a printer but hopes to find some trace of his family. He is believed to be the sole survivor of the attack. Novel.  Locker, T. (1991). The Land of Grey Wolf. New York: Dial Books. A Native American boy’s account of the arrival of white settlers to his tribe’s land. Picture Book.  Yolen, J., Stemple, H.E.Y. & Roth, R. (2004). The Salem Witch Trials: An unsolved mystery from history. New York: Simon & Schuster. This book provides a historical account of the events of the Salem Witch Trials. The authors pose the question: was their actual witchcraft in Salem or was it colonial hysteria. Mix of myth and fact, Picture Book. Fiction Literature

11 Web Resources  The Connecticut Historical Society - An informative website about the Connecticut Historical Society, a non-profit organization that aims to, “collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the diverse people - past and present - who have made our state their home.”  Connecticut History Online - A collaborative website with the Connecticut Historical Society that provides users with photographs, drawings, and prints. Spans a great range of Connecticut history.  Colonial Connecticut Records - This site is provided by the University of Connecticut and contains records from Colonial Connecticut that span from Another great site for primary source documents. Web resources that pertain to Colonial Connecticut:

12 Web Resources cont’d.  The Connecticut Colony - This site provides the user with information on the Connecticut Colony and the three river towns. It also contains links to information about the other 12 colonies.  The Mashantucket Pequot Museum - The main site for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum located in Mashantucket, CT. It contains Information on Native Peoples of Connecticut. However, this site is no substitute for an actual visit to the museum.  Connecticut History for Kids - This site is geared towards children. The site contains information about early Connecticut history along with links to other interesting, informational sites. Web resources that pertain to Colonial Connecticut:

13 Town Websites Most Connecticut towns have websites that contain information about their town’s history. Also, many towns have historical societies that have information on their respective town’s history. Both of these sources can be helpful in learning about Colonial Connecticut. Examples: A List of Connecticut Historical Societies & Museums The Windsor Historical Society Wethersfield Town Website New Haven History


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