William Penn

Week 10: William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania (1682)

READ: K – 2:  William Penn: A Life of Tolerance  by Jennifer Boothroyd

3 – 4:   The Story of William Penn by Aliki

5 – 8:  William Penn: Founder of Democracy  by Arthur Schlesinger and by Norma Jean Lutz OR William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania by Ronald Syme

These images were obtained from Amazon.com.  No legal book images are available for William Penn: Founder of Democracy  by Arthur Schlesinger and by Norma Jean Lutz or William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania by Ronald Syme.
DISCUSS:

  • Describe Penn’s life as a child? (Enjoyed studying; father was an admiral, wealthy family)
  • Why did Penn become a Quaker? (believed people should worship as they choose, wanted to have a true relationship with God, believed in peace, helping others)
  • How did Penn’s father feel about his religious conversion? (furious)
  • What did Penn study at school? (law)
  • Why was Penn imprisoned a number of times? (Quaker beliefs)
  • How did Penn acquire the land of PA? (king owed his father a large sum of money, gave William land in America to cover the debt.)
  • What did William Penn want the land for? (the Quakers)
  • Why was the colony named Pennsylvania? (after the king’s friend and William’s father, “Sylvania” means “woods”, so the name means: Penn’s Woods)
  • What was the original capital city of Pennsylvania? (Philadelphia)
  • Who named it and why? (Penn named in Philadelphia because the name means “city of brotherly love”)
  • Who designed the city of Philadelphia? (Penn)
  • Why was his design important? (It was later followed by others in designing American towns)
  • Describe Penn’s feelings about the Native Americans? (wanted them to be treated fairly; always tried to be kind to them; he learned to speak their language)
  • Why was Penn’s plan of government so important? (His plan was a government for the people, by the people.  It later became the framework for our national government.)

ACTIVITIES: K – 3: Coloring page of William Penn from resources for history teachers.  Click HERE.

4 – 6: Write an essay: Compare and contrast the colony of Pennsylvania with the Virgina colony. Write at least 2 paragraphs.

7 – 8: Write an essay: Compare and contrast the colony of Pennsylvania with the Virginia colony. Write at least one page.

Copyright October 14, 2012 by Gwen Fredette

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