This mini-unit includes all you will need to close read about the Liberty Bell. It includes 4 levels of printable differentiated student text as well as a teacher text for modeling text coding. This mini-unit is designed to teach primary age students how to close read, take notes, and write about text. Lessons are project based. You begin by reading the students a letter from the National Park Service. Students are engaged as they help the park rangers create a documentary. Students use their new knowledge from the close read and note taking to write a script and film a documentary. Students practice speaking and listening skills. The mini-unit consists of a 3 part close reading lesson, interactive drama, writing activity, and an optional art project.
During this lesson the students will:
-Listen as the teacher reads aloud the teacher text about the Liberty Bell (text provided)
-Code text with the teacher (text and coding answer sheets are provided)
- Answer and discuss text dependent questions (questions provided)
- Talk about the text with others
- Read differentiated text about the Liberty Bell with partners (4 different levels are provided)
- Code text with partners using differentiated printable books
- Take notes on the Liberty Bell using a note sheet (note sheet provided)
- Write a documentary about the Liberty Bell using their notes (documentary script sheet provided)
- Synthesize their deeper understanding of Liberty Bell by acting as a tour guide to present the Liberty Bell Documentary to the class (documentary slide show and costumes provided)
- Assess the quality of their documentary (checklist provided)
-Make Liberty Bell pottery (instructions provided)
- Step by Step Lesson Plans
- Printable Teacher Text
- Text Dependent Questions for Liberty Bell teacher Text
- Printable Student books (4 different levels)
- Close Reading Anchor Chart
- Student Note Sheet
- Documentary Script
- Documentary Slide Show
- Writing assessment/checklist
- Interactive drama printable costumes
- Art project instructions
You can also purchase our American Symbols Pack
which includes 4 different American Symbols at a discounted price.
Or you can purchase each symbol individually
The Statue of Liberty
The American Flag
The Bald Eagle
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