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Lesson Purpose

A lesson plan that encourages students to analyze and use evidence from diverse sources to act as curators and create an interpretation plan for the Greenhouse Slave Quarters at Mount Vernon. 



  • Students will analyze diverse sources including paintings, archaeological objects, documents, and a biography.  
  • Students will create an evidence based visual representation of the Slave Quarters at Mount Vernon to understand enslaved life in the 18th century.
  • Students will act as curators to interpret a space based on evidence.

Related Standards:

  • Colonial America
  • Slavery
  • Analysis of Primary Sources
  • Evaluating Sources
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Working in Teams
  • Using Multiple Historical Sources to Identify Further Areas of Inquiry
  • Critique the Usefulness of Historical Sources for a Specific Inquiry
  • Evaluate the Relevancy and Utility of a Historical Source Based on Information such as Maker, Date, Place of Origin, Intended Audience, and Purpose
  • Integrate Evidence of Multiple Relevant Historical Sources into a Reasoned Argument about the Past