This product is the introductory lesson for a concept-based unit about the Individual vs. Society. I selected the Civil War as a time period that we would work through together as a class (modeling). For collaborative practice, students read a variety of rich non-fiction texts from various American time periods of their choice (i.e. 1880s immigration, 1920s, 1930s, 1960s, post- 9/11, future).
The lesson contains a brief overview of the unit that explains the summative assessment and how reading various texts about the Civil War time period prepared students to be more independent in their learning as they practiced reading, writing, speaking, and listening in preparation to demonstrate mastery on the summative assessment.
The purpose of this lesson is to model for students how to read and think critically about a text from the perspective of how an individual has impacted society. The thinking that I model as I read aloud is centered around key essential questions for the unit that students will explore when they read a variety of non-fiction texts about a different time period. The text excerpt from Chapter 9 of Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery by Harold Holzer is available for free in my store.
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