To become familiar with the life of William Penn and the beliefs of the Quakers.
1 class period
The lesson begins by reading an introductory paragraph with the class about William Penn and the Quakers. Students then take part in a short activity answering multiple choice questions -- selecting "a" or "b" -- using clues and the background information.
Class members next read two primary source accounts. One is by Richard Townshend who discusses his experience being among the first settlers to arrive in Pennsylvania in 1862 with William Penn and other Quakers. The other primary source is William Penn himself describing relations with the Indians. A small group of True/False questions follows each of the two first-hand accounts.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.