This is an ELA / Common Core activity for Social Studies classes. Students read a challenging section of a letter written by George Washington in which he offers advice and criticism during Shays Rebellion. This uprising of Massachusetts farmers was almost the downfall of the United States and directly led to the writing of the American Constitution. While Washington's letter is only at a Lexile level in the 1100s, students find it harder to read than higher lexile pieces written more recently. This leads to discussion of how communication has changed over the years. Included with the letter (most of the harder vocabulary has already been defined) are seven text dependent questions which will make students re-read the letter repeatedly.
My name is Julie. Come back soon!
6-8.RH.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
6-8.RH.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.