Living on the American Frontier: Meet Samuel the Englishman
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: New October 2022! Meet a French colonial netmaker, who was taught by his adoptive family how to make a living. He talks about his life and work.

Learn more about French Colonial history with our video partner, The Centre for French Colonial Life in Ste. Genevieve, MO and on their Facebook page, here.

Type of Video: Profile*
Unique Video ID: DUS History-191**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Prior to viewing the video, have students brainstorm uses for nets by early humans, such as carrying items or catching fish. Did they think of all the uses mentioned in the video?
  • Use the video as part of your study of the American frontier. What do students learn about living on the frontier that they didn’t know before? What frontier persona would they like to take on as part of a Living History performance in class?


*Profile videos use a first-person/first-hand approach to highlight interesting people doing interesting things in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.