This Common Core aligned lesson includes informational text focused on Dred Scott and the landmark Supreme Court decision, a mapping activity, and a summary writing assignment!
Students begin the lesson by reading the included informational text detailing Dred Scott's life. Next, a mapping activity guides students through Dred Scott's movement across free and slave boundary lines. Finally, students will have an opportunity to summarize the Dred Scott case by writing a newspaper article as a journalist in 1857.
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The comprehensive teacher's guide includes the following: discussion questions for each paragraph of the text, goals for the mapping activity, tips for the summary writing portion, and the Common Core standards addressed in this lesson.
Dred Scott Article:
The included Dred Scott article is a two-page informational text detailing his life and fight for freedom.
Dred Scott Map Activity:
A black outline map and complete directions are included for students to map Dred Scott’s movement across state lines.
Dred Scott Map Activity Answer Key:
A full-color answer key is provided for the map activity. The answer key is extremely useful when the lesson is being given by a substitute teacher.
Breaking News! Writing Prompt, Organizer, and Rubric:
Students are asked to write a news article on the Dred Scott decision. A prewriting organizer and rubric are included to guide students through the writing process.
News Article Template:
A news article template is included with space for creative details and a picture.
Example News Article:
A student generated example article is provided as an option to show students before they begin the writing process.
Additional Civil War Resources:
Dividing a Nation- The Road to Civil War Close Read
Frederick Douglass Close Read
Civil War Battles- Common Core Lessons and Activities
Gettysburg Address Close Read and Summary Writing
Emancipation Proclamation Primary Source Analysis
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