FREE Phillis Wheatley Copywork and Timeline Roundup 1773

Phillis Wheatley Copywork and Timeline Roundup 1773

On September 1, 1773, Phillis Wheatley made history when she published her book Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, a collection of poems she had written. What made this moment historic? Several factors-Phillis Wheatley was a woman. She lived in the colonies (they wouldn’t be the United States for almost another three years). She was African-American. And she was a slave. 

The Wheatley family treated her with love and kindness, taught her to read and write English, and encouraged her artistic talents. After mastering English, she went on to learn Greek and Latin. In 1773, she and the Wheatley’s son traveled to London, where her first book was published. A few years later, following the death of both Mr. and Mrs. Wheatley, she was freed. 

Today’s copywork is selected excerpts from one of the poems published in her book Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral. It is from the poem “Goliath of Gath” and beautifully retells the familiar Bible story of David and Goliath. 

Phyllis Wheatley Copwork (Print) “Goliath of Gath”

Phyllis Wheatley Copwork (Cursive) “Goliath of Gath” 

Phyllis Wheatley Copwork (Manuscript) “Goliath of Gath”


Timeline Roundup 1773

Phillis Wheatley wasn’t the only one making history in 1773. Take a look at what else was happening around the world and use the following projects to bring the year to life!

On January 12, 1773, Charleston, South Carolina, became the home of the first U.S. public museum. Ask your kids to design a museum of their own. What would they include in it? What would it look like? Where would they build it? 

On January 17, 1773, Captain James Cook became the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle. Just thinking about that gives me the shivers! Let’s celebrate with this winter sports scramble

William Henry Harrison was born February 9, 1773. Try this Presidential copywork including an excerpt from one of President Harrison’s speech. 

On March 12, 1773, Jeanne Baptiste Pointe de Sable founded the settlement now known as Chicago. Test your knowledge of Chicago’s history with this timeline quiz

Check out this fun children’s resource all about the Boston Tea Party which happened December 16, 1773!


  1. I would question how much love and kindness was shown to Ms. Wheatley since she was held against her will.

  2. I would concur with the statement above about a woman who was a slave being treated with “love and kindness” by her “owners.” She may not have endured as much cruelty as other slaves, but to say someone who is held captive due to the color of their skin as being loved and treated well is naive, at best. However, I sincerely appreciate your sharing this woman’s talent and offering her work as free copywork. Thank you for at least trying to share with the world how gifted this woman was. I realize your belief that anyone who was a slave was ever in a “good” situation is likely a result of how our society continues to try and minimize this disgraceful practice and how America’s wealth was literally built on the back of the free labor of Africans. But again, you get my utmost respect for even acknowledging any contributions of people of color. I have been hard-pressed to find any such thing in my homeschool journey.

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