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Conflicts in North Carolina Colonial History: Culpepper's Rebellion
(Lesson 2)

Independently students will examine primary source documents and secondary sources to answer the questions who, what, when, where and why about the Culpepper's Rebellion.

(This is the second lesson in a series of two lessons. The first lesson is similar except the entire lesson models how to use primary and secondary sources to answer the five the questions. The expectation is that now the students are ready to do the same thing independently.)

Grade Level 4th grade

Learning outcomes

Students will:

Teacher Planning

45 - 60 minutes



Remind the students of the activity they did previously when learning about the Tuscarora war. Today they are going to do a similar activity with a rebellion. Ask the children if they know what a rebellion is? Review the definition with the students. (Rebellion is the refusal of obedience.) Today using primary source documents they are going to explore the Culpepper's Rebellion. They are going to discover who was involved, when it occurred, where it took place, why it happened, and what the impact was for those involved.

Give the students a copy of each of the documents. The students also need paper to write who, what, when, where and why. A graphic organizer would work well. Have the students read the documents and answer the questions who, what, when, where and why. If students are having difficulty deciphering the documents you may want to review them briefly with the entire class. For children with reading difficulties it would be appropriate to sit and read with them or partner them with other children.

After exploring the primary source documents the students may uses secondary sources such as their social studies textbook to find out more information.

If students finish early them may write a newspaper article describing the Culpepper's Rebellion.

It is important for the students to understand that this was the first time the colonist rebelled against the English government. This incident paved the way for more rebellions and ultimately the American Revolution.

Collect the students papers and assess whether they were able to correctly figure out who, what, when, where, and why

Extension Activity
Students may compare and contrast different conflicts using a Venn diagram.

NC curriculum alignment
4th grade Social Studies

3.01 Assess changes in ways of living over time and determine whether the changes are primarily political, economic, or social.

3.02 Identify people, symbols, events, and documents associated with North Carolina's history.

3.05 Describe the political and social history of colonial North Carolina and analyze its influence on the state today.

4.05 Identify and assess the role of prominent persons in North Carolina, past and present.

Lesson plan created by Lara Willox