Designed for AP Government and Politics, but usable with high school Governments and U.S. History courses, this packet chunks the text of Federalist 51 and asks students to write GIST statements for each chunk of text. A GIST is a 1 -2 sentence summary of the main ideas. It also asks for two pieces of text evidence to support their GIST statement, thus integrating the Common Core Standards.
This lesson can take anywhere from 1 class period to 3 depending on how it is used. It can be homework for students who are capable of dealing with such dense text on their own, or it can be scaffolded by using the gradual release model. This method takes more class time but produces better results for students who may have difficulty grappling with the archaic language. To do this, model the first GIST using a document camera, projector, or just poster paper. Have them help you with the second GIST. Make them work with a partner or in a group for the third GIST, then release them for independent practice on the fourth GIST. Students can then finish it for homework, or work independently in class on the remainder of the task.
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