Smithsonian

Lesson Plan:

"No Stamped Paper to Be Had"

by Cynthia Fredrickson

Introduction

By examining primary-source documents pertaining to the Stamp Act, students expand their knowledge of colonial objections to Parliament’s expansion of taxes in the colonies.

National Standards (National Center for History in the Classroom, 1996)

The lesson addresses 5–12 Revolution and the New Nation standards. Under Historical Thinking it addresses these standards:

  • Reconstruct the literal meaning of a historical passage
  • Consider multiple perspectives of various peoples in the past
  • Hold interpretations of history as tentative and subject to change
  • Identify relevant historical antecedents
  • Materials

  • Chart paper
  • Document A, B, and C handouts for all students