13 September 2017

New World – New Netherlands – New York

The NY Historical Society has created classroom materials about the colonial period, based on sources that have never been translated and published before.

‘New World – New Netherland – New York’ is a brand new curriculum that explores the Age of Discovery, the Dutch colonial period and the English colonial period through primary sources which have now been translated and published for the first time.

With the support of the Consulate General in New York, the New York Historical Society developed ‘New World – New Netherland – New York’, a brand new curriculum that explores the Age of Discovery, the Dutch colonial period, and the English colonial period through primary sources – including materials that have never before been translated or published for a wider audience. The last fifteen years, these new documents have been studied in their entirety and have led to new interpretations of New York’s colonial period.

The curriculum
The course material is divided into three units: the New World, New Netherland, and New York, and is arranged so that teachers may pick and choose resources to deepen and enliven their lessons. Also included are background essays, questions for the classroom, and life stories that augment understandings of the interactions between New York’s Native American and earliest Dutch, African, and British inhabitants.
These materials were developed to support New York City’s Social Studies Scope & Sequence for the teaching of colonial history in grades 2, 4, 5, 7, and 11, but they can be easily applied in any social studies classroom.

You can download the curriculum at the Dutch Culture USA website.