Lesson Plan

A Key Into the Language Of America

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Cover to a Key Into the Language of America

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Grade Level:
Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
American Indian History and Culture, Civic Engagement, Colonial History, Community, Constitutional Amendments, Constitutional Law, Family Life, History, Pioneer America, Religion
One hour
Group Size:
Up to 24
roger williams, life of Roger Williams, Freedom of Religion, Rhode Island, Providence, U.S. Constitution, Constitution


In 1643, Roger Williams wrote A Key into the Language of America. It is an anthropological study of 17th century American Indian culture, a phrase book of the Narragansett language, and a commentary on 17th American Indian life during the early colonial period.

This lesson plan introduces students to A Key into the Language of America and provides a glimpse into the complex relationship Williams had with the Narragansett and gives a first-hand account of17th century native culture.


Excerpts from Roger Williams "A Key Into the Language of America" to be used in classroom exercise.

Last updated: February 26, 2015