Thomas Paine's Common Sense was a little pamphlet with big ideas! This primary source activity gives students a chance to read through and analyze the major paragraphs, or arguments, within his pamphlet while answering various questions. I created this mini-unit for my own classroom to help students understand this important document that shaped the course of Independence. You will find that this resource is challenging yet capable for all. Students are analyzing text from the 1700's which can be difficult, yet I have sifted through the document finding the most important paragraphs to analyze! Also included are a variety of introductory options and extension activities. Everything you need is included and it's even in PDF and Google drive formats
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What is Included:
1. A detailed page of user-friendly, step by step, teacher instructions for the mini-unit on Common Sense and Thomas Paine.
2. An introductory Google Slides presentation on the life of Thomas Paine. In a whole-group quiz style format, students will learn about the life of Thomas Paine in an engaging way.
3. A series of questions and classroom discussion points to help begin the lesson along with a link to a short video biography to get the lesson started.
4. A two page document of paragraph excerpts from the original Common Sense pamphlet. These excerpts will be used as your primary source document.
5. A two page assignment totaling 15 questions for students to complete. This includes four segments entitled: Find it!, Summarize It!, Define It!, Answer It!
6. A one page extension worksheet offering students one of four creative activities to complete to show comprehension.
7. A one page graphic-organizer WebQuest for students to complete to help summarize the life and biography of Thomas Paine.
8. All of the included items are provided in pdf and GOOGLE DRIVE
9. Thank you for considering this product! There are plenty of included resources to use and incorporate as you study Thomas Paine and his pamphlet "Common Sense." If you have time, I'd appreciate your feedback and ratings on this product!
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