Nonfiction Close Reading Practice with Alexander Hamilton-- COMMON CORE

Bespoke ELA
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9th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
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This product contains excerpts from Alexander Hamilton's "Famous Report on Manufactures" from 1790. The text comes from the public domain.

This close reading activity will target comprehension and analytical skills while exposing students to historical nonfiction. It is challenging, so have your students try it individually and then with a group to compare answers. It contains 18 challenging multiple choice questions using Common Core question stems.

Hamilton's report also lends itself to any study of texts surrounding the periods of Industrial Revolution in America or abroad, as he vehemently argues AGAINST manufacturing and supports an agriculture based economy for the United States. As an extension activity, have your students debate the pros and cons of manufacturing versus farming.

For teachers in the states still taking the PARCC exam, it is important that students practice reading the diction and style of American "foundational texts" and authors because they are included on the "Simulated Research" portion of the exam. Hamilton's report is quite a challenging read and is accompanied by 18 multiple-choice close reading questions that use Common Core/ PARCC question stems.

Answer key included.


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