This product analyzes 5 excerpts from Thomas Paine's "Common Sense". Students should walk away with a general understanding of the arguments from Paine's highly successful pamphlet.
Understanding words that were written over 200 years ago can be a challenge to students. To increase understanding, synonyms for several of the primary source's more difficult words are provided. Each word should be cut out and posted around the room. Students are asked to move around the room to find and fill in the appropriate synonyms. After they have found all of the words, they are to create a one sentence summary of each excerpt from Common Sense.
By adding some physical movement (synonym search) to this lesson, I have found a piqued interest when it comes to summarizing.
After students have completed their one sentence summary, they answer three thinking questions. The last response on the handout can lead to a rich classroom discussion.