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Homework Help: 13 Colonies


Colonial Voices is a book of poems written in the voices of different colonists. Each poem is from a different person's point of view. If you were interviewing people in colonial times, how might the point of view of an English soldier differ from a cabin boy on a ship, a slave, or a blacksmith? By reading about an event from the perspective of different people, you can get a more well-rounded idea of what that event or time period was really like.

You can do the same thing by reading books that tell you about the different people, customs, and events of a certain time period. Listed below are books, websites, & databases that will help you learn about the 13 colonies and the colonial period. To give you a start looking at what life was like back then, here are some colonial items that are Artifacts at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

The purse you see pictured here was made in the late 1700s. It isn't very big. Back then women didn’t carry purses like women today do, back then, they carried very small purses in a skirt pocket.Colonial-Artifacts

This infant’s shirt was called a waistcoat. Today we would call it a jacket. The museum actually knows who wore this shirt - a baby named John H. Hardenbergh who was born in 1798.

The tankard and plate shown here are made of pewter. Pewter was primarily made of tin and copper but might include some silver, or even lead, which we would NOT use today! In Colonial America people used pewter more than glass or pottery. More Colonial Artifacts at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Websites, Activities & Printables:

US History in Context Logo

U.S. History in Context: American Colonies is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about the 13 colonies.

Novelist K-8 Logo

NoveList K-8: Stories about the 13 Colonies is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. Novelist will show you fiction chapter books and picture books you can read set in the time of the 13 colonies. Click on "Check the Library Catalog" to see if IndyPL has the book.


Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations. Click on a book jacket below to request the book. You will be notified when it is available for you to pick up. If the book is an e-book or e-audiobook you can check it out right now using your library card. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or text a librarian at 317 333-6877.

Black Stars of Colonial and Revolutionary TimesThe Mayflower and the Pilgrims of the New WorldBuckskin Dresses and Pumpkin Breetches Book JacketColonial Comics Book JacketExplore Colonial America Book JacketThe Mayflower Book JacketYou Wouldn't Want to Be an American Colonist Book JacketYour Life as a Settler in Colonial AmericaPilgrim Voices Our First Year in the New WorldJohn Smith Escapes Again Book JacketMolly Pitcher Book JacketPocahontas Princess of the New World Book JacketA Light in the ForestThe Courage of Sarah Noble Book JacketThe Witch of Blackbird Pond Book Jacket
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