FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “Tavern Keepers in Colonial America – Reading Passages and Classroom Activities”

by Lessons Learned By Heart
5th – 7th Grade

This product contains 5 one-page reading passages covering Tavern Keepers, food and beverages in Colonial America. Classroom and enrichment activities keep students engaged as they learn. Great for use by substitute teachers, or for homeschooling or co-ops!

From the time that they first opened in Colonial America through the beginning of the Revolutionary War, taverns served as an unofficial gathering place for residents, travelers, politicians, and rebels. This lesson covers colonial taverns and the important role they played in the development of America.


  • 5 Reading Passages
  • Classroom and Enrichment Activities
  • Comprehension Worksheet
  • Teacher’s Key
  • 2 Graphic Organizers


5 reading passages cover the following topics:

  • Colonial Ordinaries
  • Taverns and Pubs: Places to Socialize
  • Food and Beverages
  • Food Preservation
  • Paying the Tavern Bill


  • Job Application
  • Brew Some Ginger Beer – Make a Dessert!
  • Create Your Own Menu
  • Writing Prompt
  • Review Worksheet
  • Graphic Organizers


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Colonial American Careers – Tavern Keepers by Sarah Peterson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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