In this Common Core aligned lesson, students will begin by reading the informational text covering the reform movements of the mid-1800s. Next, students will complete the vocabulary matrix, focusing on tier-two terms related to several different reform movements. Finally, students research and construct a digital or printed diorama based on their assigned reformer. ***Paper PDF AND Google Drive Resource Included***
This resource can be completed on paper or online with laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, or any device that supports Google Drive. The included Teacher's Guide includes access to the link that will allow you to make your own copy of the resource for use in Google Classroom/Google Drive.
Everything is ready to implement and includes:
The informational text briefly covers five reform movements of the mid-1800s: women’s rights, slavery, education, mental health, and temperance. The text provides students with an introductory foundation for completing their diorama projects.
The vocabulary matrix requires students to define, find a synonym, write a sentence, and complete a sketch (or insert an image) for six tier-two terms related to the reform movements. Students will need access to a dictionary either online or in print to complete the vocabulary matrix. An answer key is provided for easy grading/reference.
Reformer Diorama and Example:
The diorama can be completed digitally via Google Drive or students can complete it on paper manually. The diorama based on Frederick Douglass can be shown to students as an example for either version. Students will need access to a reference source or the Internet to complete their dioramas.
-Digital Version: There are two digital options. Directions are included for each one.
1. A diorama that will be completed digitally, then printed, cut along the dotted
lines, and glued to finish.
2. A diorama that will be complete digitally only.
-Manual Version: Simply print a blank template for each student to complete by hand. After filling in the template, students will cut along the dotted lines and glue in the indicated spaces. After adding glue, fold the bottom portion up to meet the top and stick together to complete the diorama.
A rubric is provided to ensure students clearly understand the project expectations.
List of Reformers:
A list of 28 reformers are included to randomly assign to students. Simply cut out each of the reformer names, place them into a bucket, and have each student pick one.
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