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Learning Standards
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1.8.8. GRADE 8
B. Locate information using appropriate sources and strategies.Determine valid resources for researching the topic, including primary and secondary sources.
Evaluate the importance and quality of the sources.
1.2.8. GRADE 8
B. Use and understand a variety of media
and evaluate the quality of material produced.
Compare and analyze how different media offer a unique perspective on the information presented.
PA Kids is a website (obviously for children) that provides facts about the state of Pennsylvania and its rich history. The webiste has a few sections on William Penn and the founding of PA (also pre-colonization). Included in this website as well: glossary, geography, state information, counties, regions, and laws.
This is a video from Teacher Tube that is about William Penn. The video shows an actor portraying Penn and speaking about Pennsylvania history (he even mentions Pennsbury Mannor!) Students would view this video (or other from the same website) and evaluate its content and effectiveness.
2.2.8. GRADE 8
B. Add, subtract, multiply and divide different kinds and forms of rational numbers including integers, decimal fractions, percents and proper and improper fractions.

2.3.8. GRADE 8
B. Solve rate problems (e.g., rate ´ time = distance, principal ´ interest rate = interest).

2.5.8. GRADE 8
A. Invent, select, use and justify the appropriate methods, materials and strategies to solve problems.
D. Determine pertinent information in problem situations and whether any further information is needed for solution.
This website provides some background information on what kind of costs were associated with taking a voyage from Europe to America during the time of William Penn. Variables to consider are the provisions for the trip and the average number of days at sea.
This site provides currency conversions from the 1800s to today (in American dollars).
Synthesize historical research. • Facts, folklore and fictionHistorical questionsPrimary sourcesSecondary sourcesCredibility of evidence(Standard 8.1.9.D).
This site gives a biography of the life of William Penn.
This site gives more biographical information on William Penn.
Write short stories, poems and plays.
· Apply varying organizational
· Use relevant illustrations.
· Utilize dialogue.
· Apply literary conflict.
· Include literary elements
(Standard 1.3.8.B.) .
· Use literary devices
(Standard 1.3.8.C.).
This site allows students to research what life was like in colonial times coming from the perspective
of children of the time period.
This book allows educators to have reading prompts for short plays. There are five short plays
to renact in the classroom.
A. Read and understand works of
B. Analyze the use of literary elements
by an author including
characterization, setting, plot, theme,
point of view, tone and style.
C. Analyze the effect of various literary
· Sound techniques (e.g., rhyme,
rhythm, meter, alliteration).
· Figurative language (e.g.,
personification, simile, metaphor,
hyperbole, allusion).
D. Identify poetic forms (e.g., ballad,
sonnet, couplet).
(Standard 1.3.8)
Run by The Academy of American Poets, this site allows students to explore various facets of poetry, including its different forms and has examples of each type.
This site has information on a wide range of topics regarding Colonial Times that would interesting to Middle School aged students.
A. Understand the political and cultural
contributions of individuals and groups
to Pennsylvania history.
William Penn
Benjamin Franklin
Pennsylvanians impacting
American Culture (e.g., John
Chapman, Richard Allen, Betsy
Ross, Mary Ludwig Hayes, Rachel
Carson, Elizabeth Jane Cochran,
Marian Anderson)
B. Identify and describe primary
documents, material artifacts and
historic sites important in Pennsylvania
Documents, Writings and Oral
Traditions (e.g., Penn’s Charter,
Pennsylvania “Declaration of
C. Identify and describe how continuity
and change have influenced
Pennsylvania history.
Belief Systems and Religions
(e.g., Native Americans, early
settlers, contemporary religions)
D. Identify and describe conflict and
cooperation among social groups and
organizations in Pennsylvania history.
Domestic Instability (e.g.,
political, economic and geographic
impact on daily activities)
Ethnic and Racial Relations
(e.g., treatment of various ethnic
and racial groups in history)
Labor Relations (e.g., working
conditions over time)
Immigration (e.g., diverse groups
inhabiting the state)
Military Conflicts (e.g., struggle
for control)
(Standard 8.2.3)

This site allows students to look at historical facts, documents, and artifacts during the colonial era. It gives biographies of influential individuals such as William Penn, and what they contributed to the history of Pennsylvania. It also gives insight into wars that were fought and what type of conflicts erupted in the history of Pennsylvania.

(Here are the standards)