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Unqua Students Experience Life in the Colonies

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Fourth graders took at trip back in time more than 250 years during a lesson on Colonial times at Unqua Elementary School.

Teacher Jessica Shippos said students learned about many of the restrictions put in place on the colonies by the British Empire, prior to the American Revolution. They studied the Proclamation of 1763 and how it prohibited western expansion, with portions of the classroom marked off by caution tape.

Every student was given a toy soldier, which they had to carry with them at all times, even at home, to understand the requirements imposed on the colonists about quartering soldiers. They also had coins and stamps, to learn about the various taxation laws that were passed on the colonies, including the Stamp Act of 1765 that affected paper and printed goods.