This lesson will provide a look into the American Revolution and daily life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Students will also have the opportunity to view artworks in the MFA collection that will illustrate colonization of Massachusetts.
Description: The Massachusetts lesson provides a window into the American Revolution and daily life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Students will view rooms of both urban and rural houses, as well as paintings and other artifacts that describe colony and Massachusetts life. They will learn about the rapid changes in American society before and after the Revolution.
Exploring this lesson, students will:
- Discover how English colonists lived in the 17th and 18th century in Massachusetts, including their homes and daily lives.
- View images of important people in New England’s past and figure out their significance in the development of the country
- Evaluate the role of everyday objects and artifacts in understanding how people lived in the past.
This discovery will require students to:
- Look closely and make visual observations about art
- Express their ideas and share them with their peers
- Generate hypotheses and observations based on prior knowledge of history and social sciences.
Using this resource:
- Social Studies teachers will be interested in the connections between the events of the 17th and 18th centuries in New England and the images and artifacts in the gallery.
- Visual arts teachers will be interested in the connections between art, cultural objects, everyday life, and history.
For relevant supplementary materials and classroom activities, refer to the PDF posted under Related Resources at the bottom of this page.
The objects in this lesson are just a beginning. We encourage you to explore the Museum's online collection through this web resource—or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries—to look for other objects that will provide further insights into the relationship between words and images.