## Fort Mose

Summary: It is believed that Fort Mose was the first free African-American settlement in America. Your group will design a fort similar to Fort Mose.

1. Plan It

A. Discuss. Each group member lists ideas about how Fort Mose was used for defense.

B. Choose a measurement tool. As a group decide what measuring tool to use to measure the walls of the fort and buildings.

Our planning completed

2. Put It Together

A. Construct your fort. Use the Measurements of Fort and Buildings chart here on Education Place or on page 193 of your textbook.

• Measure and draw the walls of the fort and its moat on a large sheet of paper or poster board. Show the river on your drawing.
• Measure and draw the buildings on construction paper. Cut them out and place them within the walls of the fort.
• Calculator: If 1 inch on your drawing equals about 16 feet, what was the length of the walls of Fort Mose?

Our construction completed

3. Wrap It Up

A. What items would you need for defense? Refer to your list and locate on your drawing any other items you would need for defense.

B. Write. Write a paragraph telling how your design is a good defense.

Paragraph completed

• Are your measurements and geometric figures correct?
• Did you clearly explain the design for your fort?
• Did you combine measurement and design?
• Did your group use the ideas on the list?
• Is your fort easier or harder to defend than other forts in the class? Why?

Review completed