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"A Description of New England" by John Smith

"A Description of New England" by John Smith
"A Description of New England" by John Smith
"A Description of New England" by John Smith
"A Description of New England" by John Smith
"A Description of New England" by John Smith
"A Description of New England" by John Smith
"A Description of New England" by John Smith
"A Description of New England" by John Smith
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"A Description of New England" by John Smith Plus Advertising

This lesson contains the following:

- Step-by-step instructions for each day

- Excerpts from "A Description of New England" by John Smith neatly printed onto 4 sheets - they can be double-sided and stapled.

- Reading quiz in 2 versions with answer keys - also comes in an editable PowerPoint in case you wish to make changes.

- Marketing and advertising discussions and activities from a popular slogans competition to great commericals. Students will also examine other awesome methods of advertising, which are detailed in the instructions. The reason advertising goes so well with Smith's piece is because the purpose of "A Description of New England" was to persuade settlers to come to the New World, which makes it a colonial advertisement.

- Teens Relate Debate - instructions included

- Student handout with requirements for developing marketing campaigns to bring people to the New World. Students are divided into companies whose task is to develop marketing products to present at their company's board meeting. Specific instructions are included - even down to how to set up the class on the day of presentations.

- Student Reflection for Advertisement Handout includes instructions and rubric for grading

- Student marketing campaign participation scale

The original text of "A Description of New England" by John Smith is used here so that students have the opporunity to examine primary historical texts. The original text is challenging to read, but as much as students text and change the spelling of words, they should be able to figure out the unusual spelling of some of the words!

Students will utilize real-world, 21st century skills in order to accomplish the goals for this lesson. They will design, create, collaborate, write, evaluate, and reflect. Plus, they have freedom to select a product that aligns with their talents whether that be technology, art, acting, etc. Students will be engaged with this unit and think critically while also problem-solving and having fun! It definitely brings life to some older literature that doesn't always catch students' attention.

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Interested in a colonial literature unit that includes the above lessons plus more, visit Colonial American Literature.
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If you would like an ENTIRE semester of American literature lessons and activities at your fingertips, visit American Literature Full Semester for more stress-free planning!
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Teaching Duration
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