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Tour Outline for Teachers

Below is a brief summary of information about your visit. We will supply more detailed materials in advance of your tour.

We look forward to welcoming you to the oldest house in Queens and telling you the story of John Bowne, the Flushing Remonstrance, and the important roles he and his fellow citizens played in shaping American history.

 

Bowne House Museum Recommended Instructions for Teachers

Lesson 1 – Pre-visit

If possible, provide each student with a copy of the History of Bowne House, and have each student highlight or underline ten facts.

For teachers unable to make individual copies for each student, please read aloud and encourage students to take detailed notes. Each student should have at least ten facts about either the Bowne House or John Bowne himself.

Use the facts recorded by each student to make a classroom timeline of John Bowne’s life.

Use a classroom map and find where all of the activities on the timeline took place.

Lesson 2 – Pre-visit

If possible, provide each student with a copy of the Flushing Remonstrance and have them highlight or underline ten facts.

For teachers unable to make individual copies for each student, please read aloud and encourage the students to take detailed notes. Each student should have ten facts about the Flushing Remonstrance.

Have students make a list of the important qualities of John Bowne, and why his fight for religious freedom was important.

Upon Completion of Lesson 2, You are Ready for Your Visit
Your visit to Bowne House will consist of:

A tour of the Bowne House

Your tour will begin outside the House itself, in the gardens and surrounding property. Your guide will give a description of the House, the location of the rooms, and the building materials and methods used.

Next, your tour will move inside the House. You will see the parlor, dining room, and foyer/entryway. You will learn about the furnishings inside and how the family used the rooms.

Your tour will conclude with an archaeology discussion. You will learn about the artifacts that were found at the site, and what they tell us about the family and the House.

Lesson 3 – Post-visit

Have students complete the worksheet “What I Learned at Bowne House.”