Students relive Stamp Act for school studies _lowres

Photo provided by Pam Chenevert -- Senobia Smith, Beyonce James and Principal Linda Stone take part in the an Oct. 2 social studies project on the Stamp Act of 1765 at Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy.

Students at Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy learned what is was like to pay taxes after the Stamp Act of 1765 during an Oct. 2 lesson in social studies.

Seventh-graders in Senobia Smith’s class revisited the Stamp Act of 1765 with an activity that helped students understand how a colonist might have felt during the late 1700s, a news release from the school said.

The Stamp Act was enacted in an effort to raise money for Britain after the French and Indian War, the release said.

The students were “taxed” to receive worksheets and tests, hall passes to the restroom and the office, and the inability to answer questions correctly. Students earned money by correctly answering questions, helping other students who did not have enough money, the release said.

Teachers and staff participated in the activity. Dressed as the tax assessor, Principal Linda Stone used her authority to collect tax money from the students, who took on the role of colonists.

After two days of being “taxed,” the class discussed their feelings about the tax, the release said.

They discussed how they wanted to revolt against the tax assessor who took most of their money during the exercise, the release said.