This lesson will involve students rotating, reading and taking quality research notes about a subject they are currently studying. Students will then use their critical thinking skills to gain more depth and determine for themselves the importance of certain historical events. This particular lesson focuses on the American Revolutionary War, but the skills can be applied to any topic.
Rationale for the lesson
Reading strategies and social studies have gone together for far longer than the current group of educational “experts” would have you believe. This lesson will challenge students to not only read material on a subject they are studying, but to use reading strategies to really take apart what they study. Students will be able not just to consume knowledge about the American Revolutionary War time period, but they will be able to interact with the text.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills
There is no required set of knowledge. This lesson can be used to teach certain areas of this time period, it could be used purely as a reading strategy in a language arts classroom or it can be used as a review for students who already have a base level of knowledge on the subject.