Here are four lesson plans to help your students compare and contrast authors' presentations of the same historical event! Throughout all four lessons, students will read three different texts (an editorial, newspaper article, and transcript) and watch a newscast about the 1969 Moon Landing. These texts are the original accounts, with exception to the editorial, which is defending the conspiracy theory that no one actually landed on the moon.
Embedded in these lessons are reviews of central idea, author's point of view, and tone. Students also work collaboratively to compare and contrast the accounts using the discussion strategy One and All, and complete an activity from a choice board differentiated by product and learning style (linguistic, logical, artistic, and interpersonal). The last lesson plan, which can double as the final assessment, guides the students in writing an essay about the texts' similarities and differences.
Included here are the lesson plans, copies or links to the texts and video, necessary printable materials (note page, choice board), and rubrics.
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