ERIC Number: EJ949424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Investigating Metacom's War: Analyzing Rowlandson's Primary Document in Upper-Elementary Classrooms
Campbell, Susan E.
Social Studies, v102 n6 p256-262 2011
Metacom's War, also known as King Phillip's War, sets a pattern of national expansion through displacement of native people that echoes throughout American history. Helping students further understand this war through the examination of Mary Rowlandson's primary document provides educators and students with an opportunity to delve deeper into the complexities surrounding the convergence of cultures in colonial America. In this article, I provide an overview of the context that led to the conflict between the native populations and the European settlers. Additionally, I highlight passages from Rowlandson's narrative that are relevant to upper-elementary students. The passages are accompanied by questions to assist students as they examine the primary source for a deeper understanding of the people who strove to survive in seventeenth-century Massachusetts. Examining primary sources is one piece of the multifaceted process of historical understanding. In this article, educators learn the historical content of the period and a structured process for their students to examine the primary source.
Descriptors: United States History, Historical Interpretation, Primary Sources, Classrooms, Elementary Schools, History, History Instruction, Social Studies, War, Teachers, Students, Protestants, Indigenous Populations
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts