William Penn was the founder of the Pennsylvania colony. This unit will teach students about William Penn’s life and what Pennsylvania was like as a colony in the 1600s. This unit will discuss the founding of Pennsylvania, the relationship of the settlers with the Native Americans, the Charter of Privileges written by William Penn to govern the colony, and it will compare the 17th century colony to Philadelphia today.
This set of lessons is an interdisciplinary group that take students through the founding of Pennsylvania while teaching them essential Language Arts and Math skills. Students will learn about the State’s founder and will get to experience his original writing and use that writing to create persuasive pieces of their own. From there, they will learn that Penn’s original map of Philadelphia was an advanced creation which utilized a grid system, an innovation in city planning for that time. Students then will be expected to use their skills with fractions and inches to create their own grid of Philadelphia. These lessons are meant to teach history as well as make history come alive and feel more relevant to elementary age students. These lessons can be done on separate days, yet they are all designed with a different focus so they can also be completed all in one day as a history, language arts, and math lessons.