A Time Capsule


HIGH SCHOOL PROMPTS

If you had been alive during the time of the American Revolutionary War and had the chance to secrete something for others to discover centuries later, what would you have put into your box?

It turns out that two famous men from that period created a time capsule and placed it inside one of the cornerstones of the Massachusetts State House in Boston in 1795, and the box was recently found. You can read more about how it was found here.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was honored to open this special time capsule to find out what was in it. Here’s a list of items found in the brass box:

-Silver and copper coins—dating from 1652 to 1855
-Silver plaque thought to be engraved by Paul Revere
-Copper medal depicting George Washington
-Newspapers
-Paper impression of the Seal of the Commonwealth
-Calling or business cards
-Title page from the Massachusetts Colony Records

You can read more about it here.

High School Writing Prompt -- An intriguing time capsule buried by Paul Revere and Samuel Adams was recently discovered. What would you put in a time capsule of your own?

Now it’s your turn: You are going to gather items and create a time capsule. These items can be representative of your life or your country’s current culture. Think about the people who might open it 200 years from now. What would you want them to know about your life or your country?

Make a list of the items you will include in your time capsule. What will you put them in? Where will you bury it?

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