Lesson Plan

Daily Life and Diversity in 18th Century Philadelphia, Lesson Four:  Sharing Information, Learning through the Jigsaw Method

Detail, pastel portrait of James Forten, an African-American man shown in left profile wearing a dark colored coat.
Learn more about sailmaker James Forten and others in the Daily Life and Diversity lesson plans.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Leon Gardiner Collection

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
African American History and Culture, Community, History, Social Studies, Sociology, Women's History
One class session
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
Speaking & Listening SL 5.1, SL 5.2, SL 5.4
community, 18th Century, Family, Daily life


Students will not only develop an understanding of the daily lives of several citizens of 18th century Philadelphia, but will also work together to share information.


Students representing four households in 18th century Philadelphia will meet in cooperative groups to share information. Students will broaden their knowledge and understanding of daily life and diversity in 18th century Philadelphia though the cooperative learning activity called a jigsaw.


This information document is designed to provide the teacher with helpful information in an easy-to-read format. You can quickly read through these descriptions and use them as a guide and resource for the four households, their inhabitants, and the information about each household covered in the website. These teachers resources will provide you with a list of publications containing information pertinent to these lessons.



  • 18th Century Research File
  • Posted wall charts from Lesson 3
  • Investigation Sheet 7




Use the PreTest and Rubric to assess learning.

Park Connections

This lesson ties to many places in the park including the President's House Site, Bishop White House and Todd House.


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Additional Resources

This document provides additional resources for students.



Chronology, Residence, Primary Resource, Secondary Resource, Diversity, Material Culture, Epidemic, Historian

Last updated: September 11, 2015