Curricular Connections and Standards
Our school programs naturally tie in to social studies curriculum. As New York City’s last remaining example of New Netherland architecture, the Wyckoff farmhouse is a unique site to learn about New York’s colonial past. Though this remains the core of all of our school programs, our range of program options are designed to emphasize additional themes, such as the history of slavery and abolition, agriculture, and immigration.
When you book your class’s field trip to the farmhouse, please be sure to include a brief note about what you are studying at school. If you’re studying New Amsterdam and the Dutch colonies, it’s also helpful to let us know if you will be visiting the museum before or after your unit. This information helps our educators personalize your museum experience.
All Wyckoff House Museum school programs feature large- and small-group activities that ask students to notice details, share inferences, and evaluate evidence. Our lessons all address the following Common Core Anchor Standards in Speaking and Listening:
Comprehension and Collaboration:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.3: Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
The African American Lives lesson includes an examination of a historical slave bill from the Museum’s collection and addresses the following Common Core Anchor Standards in Reading:
Key Ideas and Details:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2: Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Craft and Structure:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4: Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.5: Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.