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TITLE:  Colonial Rules

AUTHOR:  Donnalee Eisenhart, Mountain View High School
         Orem, Utah  84057


OVERVIEW:  During the mid 1700's America was experiencing a
great deal of strife and turmoil as a result of the
demanding colonial rules that England had made the Colonists
live by.  Because of this oppression the colonists revolted
and the American Revolution takes place. This particular
activity was designed to show students how the colonists
felt during this oppressive period.

OBJECTIVE(s):  Students will be able to:
1.   Explain the colonial rules and have a sincere sense of
     how the colonists felt.
2.   Describe the outcome of severe oppression, which is
     usually revolution.
3.   Describe the feeling the Colonists had when they
     experienced oppression and how it felt when they were

RESOURCES:  Colonial Rules and Classroom Rules

1.   At the beginning of the classroom walk into class and
     indicate to the students that some very severe cuts
     have been made in the school budget.  Tell them about
     the nation wide cuts in educational spending and that
     as a result this has impacted this classroom and the
     school.  Tell them that you are sick about the
     following cuts but you have been directed by the
     principal to enforce the following rules.
2.   As you begin giving the students these very oppressive
     classroom and school rules most won't say anything
     through the first five, but as the rules become more
     oppressive and take away more classroom freedoms they
     will become very vocal.  Often during this time, they
     will indicate that these rule can't be true.  Always
     look stern and let them know in no uncertain terms that
     these are the rules they must follow for the year.
3.   Pass out a copy of the new classroom rules, at the
     bottom of the page have a place for the parents to sign
     that they have seen the new rules and that they will
     help to enforce them.  This gives the document
     credibility and makes the students think you are
4.   When you have finished reading the rules the students
     will want to have a discussion about the unfairness of
     the rules, some will indicate that they plan to REVOLT
     by calling the district office, they will voice
     opinions about how their parents will feel about these
     new rules.  This leads to some very heated discussion.
5.   After the students have become very excited and have
     almost started a revolt, pass out the colonial laws.
     Ask the students about how they felt, make comparisons
     of the colonists and the new classroom rules.  Did they
     have a voice in the new rules that the teacher
6.   Follow up with a quiz on the colonial laws the next
     class period after you have reviewed them in class.
7.   (As a spoof and as another classroom activity I
     encourage them to take home the new classroom rules,
     give them to their parents and watch the reaction.  It
     them becomes a chance for the students to present the
     same lesson plan at home.  Parents love it when they
     find out it is a spoof)

                       COLONIAL RULES

1.   The Navigation Act of 1651 required all goods entering
     England to be carried by English ships with English
     crews, or by colonial ships with English crews, or by
     colonial ships and crews.  All goods entering or
     leaving English colonies were required to be in English
2.   The enumerated Commodities Act (1660) specified that
     commodities such as tobacco sugar, cotton, indigo,
     ginger and dyes could be exported from the colonies
     only to England or to other English colonies
3.   The Navigational Acts were to be strictly enforced with
     the use of the WRITS OF ASSISTANCE.  Writs of
     Assistance were imposed as general search warrants,
     permitting English officials to enter private buildings
     and ships in search of goods smuggled into the
4.   The Proclamation of 1763 prohibited colonial settlement
     west of the Appalachian Mountains.
5.   The Sugar Act (1764) taxed colonial imports from the
     Spanish and French West Indies.
6.   The Currency Act (1764) forbade further issues of paper
     money in the colonies.  This hampered colonial debtors
     in settling accounts.
7.   The Stamp Act (1765) taxed legal documents, newspapers,
     pamphlets, and all other printed matter.  In 1766 this
     act was repealed, but Parliament passed the Declaratory
     Act which asserted its right to tax the colonies at any
8.   The Townshend Acts taxed colonial imports of paper,
     glass, lead, tea, and other articles.  Colonists
     accused of smuggling to evade these taxes were denied a
     jury trial.  In 1770 these duties were repealed.
9.   The Intolerable Acts (1774) The British replied to the
     destruction of the East India Company's property by a
     series of punitive measures know as the "Intolerable

     Boston Port Bill closed the port in an attempt to make
     the colony pay for the destroyed tea.

     The Massachusetts Government Act took away the charter
     of 1691 and forbade the Boston town meeting to assemble
     without the governor's permission.

     The Quartering Act compelled Massachusetts colonists to
     provide lodging and food for British Soldiers.

                      CLASSROOM RULES

1.   All assignments will cost 10 cents.  No assignment will
     be handed out unless it is paid for.  Please bring
     $1.00 in advance to cover the first 10 assignments.
2.   If a student losses an assignment it will cost 20 cents
     to cover the cost of a lost assignment.  This amount
     will compensate the teacher for additional time spent.
     This fee must be paid in advance.
3.   Tardy Policy: 10 cents for every minute a student is
     late for class.
4.   Pencils and Pens:  If a student borrows a pencil or pen
     from the teacher he or she will pay the teacher 25
     cents for the use of the pen or pencil.  This fee will
     cover loss of pens and pencils and any other damage
     incurred by chewing on the pencil.
5.   Late Assignments and Misconduct in the Classroom:
     Janitorial duty will be assigned to those students who
     turn in late assignments or who cause problems in the
     classroom.  Check with the teacher or principal for
     these assignments. (Assignments will range from
     cleaning the restrooms, gym area, gardening etc.)
6.   Hall Pass Use:  Students will be charged $1.00 each
     time they need to use the hall pass, regardless of the
7.   Books:  If a student fails to bring a book to class
     there will be a $1.00 rental charge.  This must be
     collected before students can rent a book.
8.   Desk Use Fee:  Students will be required to pay $10.00
     for the use of their desk.  This will only be a yearly
     fee.  This fee will cover the cost of removing gum and
     other substances from the bottom of desks, and any
     writing that may be done by students.  This fee must be
     paid immediately.
9.   Pencil Sharpener Fee:  A fee of $1.00 per year will be
     charged for the use of the pencil sharpener.  District
     costs have skyrocketed and they can no longer provide
     such services without charging.

I understand all of the above classroom rules and
regulations and will abide by them:

Students Signature ______________________________________

Parent or Guardian ______________________________________

Date ____________________________________________________


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