Becoming a State

How can primary sources explain how Vermont become the size and shape that it is today?


This three-day lesson introduces the students to the conflicts between the Yorkers and the New Hampshire Grants by asking the students to pretend they are settlers or investors who receive charters and patents for new towns in Vermont. The students divide the towns and investigate the natural resources on their land. After writing their own Constitution, the students learn about Vermont’s Constitution and see the official document that made Vermont the 14th state.