This product contains excerpts of primary sources from early American colonial governing documents, guided reading organizer, writing prompt, thesis development worksheet, essay requirements, and a rubric for grading the final essay.
This has been created to address TN.SS.8.13 and serves as a great way to incorporate rigorous primary text* and formal essay style and structure. This can be used in the classroom in a variety of ways:
Independent work when you may have the need to be out for a couple of days. This could easily take students 2-3 class periods to complete.
Guided class work where you work through each element of reading a difficult primary text, analyzing how it relates to self-government, how to develop a thesis in response to a prompt, and how to craft an essay that answers the prompt. This is especially great as a first unit activity to gauge their levels of reading and writing.
Homework where students receive this assignment and have a week or more to go through the readings and create a final essay to submit.
Group work or station work for the analysis of the text evidence. These could be easily cut up into stations where students go through six stations to read the text, discuss it in a group, and create a couple of statements explaining how it relates to self-government. They can then complete the thesis and final essay as independent work.