Included in this file is a complete lesson plan for comparing and contrasting New World texts. Students will work in groups to answer questions about one source. They will then present their findings. Students will analyze word choice, style, syntax, and author's purpose. An extension activity is student writing a narrative.
Print out the primary sources with question sheets.
Establish prior knowledge for students with the power point file and lead students in a discussion to prepare for reading primary sources.
Ask students to copy the graphic organizer which will be filled in during the presentations.
Break students into groups and ask them to examine primary source documents and answer questions.
Have students present their findings to the class.
Students will then organize thoughts into the graphic organizer chart.
Students will analyze author’s purpose, word choice, style, and rhetoric through writing.
Students may then write their own narrative on a personal experience.
List of Readings in the Lesson Plan:
“Of Plymouth Plantation,” “A History of the Dividing Line,” “Letters of Edward Winslow,” The Wampanoag/Pilgrim Treaty, The Mayflower Compact
Core Curriculum Objectives:
Speaking and Listening
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Craft and Structure
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.