This product provides all that you need to teach 4.RI.6, 5.RI.6- comparing and contrasting firsthand and secondhand accounts of the same event using California’s early explorers as content. I've also included worksheets that could be used with ANY firsthand and secondhand account documents in case you want to use a topic other than early explorers.
I created this product after I showed my students a quick excerpt from a diary of an early California explorer after we had finished reading about him in our textbook. Their level of excitement and interest in reading the firsthand document caught me by surprise. After that, I decided to forego the textbook and teach primarily from firsthand accounts of this time period. I noticed a huge change in interest level, focus, and understanding once I did so! I then brought back in short non-fiction articles about the explorers as a way to give a more comprehensive background about the historical events and also to encourage students to think critically about the similarities and differences between the two types of documents.
Pre-teaching & student note taking sheet:
I use this sheet to make sure my students know our learning and language goals for the day. I also use it as a way to introduce and define what firsthand and secondhand accounts are. Students should use the sentence frames to help them answer the questions on the worksheets.
These worksheets can be used with ANY firsthand and secondhand accounts of the same event. They include questions about the information provided in each account, the focus of each account, comparing and contrasting the accounts, and extension questions for early finishers and those who need the challenge.
Firsthand account- Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo:
I usually explicitly model how to read, annotate, and summarize a firsthand account document using these pages. I’ve left room for students to take notes as they read so they can better access the text.
Secondhand account- Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo:
Usually by the time I’m teaching this unit, students are well trained on how to summarize chunks of text in an informational article to help them better understand. However, I use these pages as a reminder and model this work for the class.
Firsthand account- Sebastian Vizcaíno:
I use these pages for students to practice reading, annotatng, and summarizing a firsthand account document.
Secondhand account- Sebastian Vizcaíno:
I use these pages for students to practice reading and summarizing a secondhand account document.
pre-teaching & student note taking sheet.
summarizing Cabrillo’s firsthand account.
comparing and contrasting Cabrillo’s firsthand and secondhand accounts.
summarizing Vizcaíno’s firsthand account.
comparing and contrasting Vizcaíno’s firsthand and secondhand accounts.