This letter from 1623 sounds like a teenager asking his parents for help. Your students will relate to his complaints about clothing and food, even though it is nearly 300 years later. Investigate this primary source and discover the realities of indentured servanthood in early colonial America.
I like to have my students read through this primary source once just to read it and highlight words they are unfamiliar with. Then I have my students look up the definitions to those words in the dictionary. They can then read the primary source again and answer the questions. While it is extremely educational on the realities of indentured servanthood, it is also extremely relatable to teenagers.