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Learning Exercise

Material: The Plymouth Colony Archive Project at the University of Virginia
Submitted by: William Paquette on Jan 01, 2004
Date Last Modified: Jan 01, 2004
Title: The Plymouth Colony Archive Project at the University of Virginia
Description: The Plymouth Archive is a collection of searchable texts including court records, colony laws, 17th century journals and memoirs, probate inventories, wills, town plans, maps, fort plans, and cemetery records.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 2-3 days of research and writing.
Topics: United States Colonial History
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, High School
Prerequisites Skills: Basic computer skills. Some knowledge about the Pilgrims of Massachusetts.
Learning Objectives: To teach students the importance of primary sources in interpretinghistory.
To provide students with the most current information on the history of the first permanent English settlement in Massachusetts.
Text of Learning Exercise: Writing a Biography. What to Include?

1. Birth date, place of birth.
2. Identity of parents and siblings.
3. Educational background.
4. Places resided: where and when.
5. Career choices: jobs held, where and when.
6. Date of marriage(s), name of spouse(s).
7. Names and birth dates of children.
8. Major events in the person's life.
9. Why the person is historically significant?
10.Death date, places of death and burial; cause of death.
11.Will and will's contents.
13.People who shaped the subject's life.
14.Religious background.
15.Other information of importance.


1. Go on line.
2. Click enter.
3. On the diagram of House and Parlor, click Topical Articles.
4. Scroll down to the Mayflower Passengers, Ages, Occupations, Origins, and Connections and click.
5. Select a person from the passenger list.
6. Click to Return to Topical Page.
7. Click the Archive Home Page.
8. Click Search.
9. Type the name of the passenger. Select the appropriate items for Match, Dated, Within, Show, and Sort by. Click Search.
10. A list of resources will come up about the Mayflower passenger selected.
11. Read the materials.
12. Write a 7-10 page biography about the passenger selected using all known archival material available on this site.
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