In an effort to integrate writing with Social Studies, students will use nonfiction texts and resources to compose Hornbook poems. Students can use text features such as headings, vocabulary words, and glossaries as they choose eight worthy facts to incorporate into a poem detailing the daily life of the Puritans. Students will brainstorm descriptive verbs to begin each line of their poem. Each line will shed light on a different activity, chore, or hobby of the Puritan families. Their poems will be the focal point of handmade hornbooks that resemble the hornbooks Puritan children carried to and from school.
MA State/District Curriculum Strands and Standards:
3.4 Explain how the Puritans and Pilgrims differed and identify early leaders in Massachusetts, such as John Winthrop; describe the daily life, education, and work of the Puritans in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (H, E, C)
5.6: Identify the four basic parts of speech (adjective, noun, verb, adverb).
7.10: Read aloud grade-appropriate imaginative/literary and informational/expository text fluently, accurately, and with comprehension, using appropriate timing, change in voice, and expression.
10.2: Distinguish among forms of literature such as poetry, prose, fiction, nonfiction, and drama and apply this knowledge as a strategy for reading and writing.
13.6: Identify and use knowledge of common textual features (paragraphs, topic sentences, concluding sentences, glossary).
Wax paper and brass fasteners can be used over the writing to resemble the animal horn used in the 1600s to protect a child's hornbook.