Should the Colony of Massachusetts have hung Mary Dyer?
This colony time period case study was designed for use in a United States history class to give students a look at a case study approach, to help them break down a paper into small multiple steps, to help them learn to see both sides of an issue, and to acquaint them with colonial issues prior to the establishment of the United States and its constitution.
The project gives students opportunities to practice research, to complete a formal paper, and to cite resources about an intriguing case. The question posed is an opportunity for higher level thinking skills to be put into play while idea and document comparison take place.
Many of the Common Core stands for both 6-8th grades and 9-12th grades in the areas of social studies and writing are covered using this project.
The packet includes the following:
Brief teacher notes that cover purposes, Common Core relationships, and grading suggestions.
Comprehensive student packet with overview, resources with hints for use, and five assignment details and grading rubrics for each assignment.
So with just a little adjusting to fit your situation and/or formatting issues and adding due dates your students can be off and learning about colonial times, case studies, and writing a formal paper in small chunks. All the while thinking about the bigger questions surrounding Mary Dyer’s hanging.