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In this Common Core aligned lesson, students will begin by working with the vocabulary necessary for understanding the documents. Next, students will rotate through stations collaboratively analyzing primary source documents relating to the transcontinental railroad. Students answer guided questions for each primary source as they rotate through the stations. Ultimately, students will answer the document-based question according to their findings. A pre-writing organizer and rubric are included for the writing portion of this lesson.
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Vocabulary Grid: Six tier-three vocabulary words necessary for understanding the documents are included in the grid. The grid contains space for the definition, synonyms, a sentence, and a picture of each word. Ideally, students complete the vocabulary grid before analyzing the documents.
Primary Source Documents: Six primary source documents relating to the transcontinental railroad are included. Each document relates to the question the students will answer after completing the rotations- How did the transcontinental railroad impact life? Each document contains guided questions and an accurate citation. The document posters can be blown up to a larger size, projected on a laptop, or multiple copies of each poster can be made for each station.
Document Guided Questions: As students rotate through each primary source, they will answer guided questions to ensure understanding. The questions cover source, content, and text-based evidence.
Prewriting Organizer: After completing the entire rotation of discovery stations, students use the prewriting page to organize their information in preparation for answering the document-based question.
DBQ Writing Rubric: The writing rubric provides students with clear expectations and guidelines for completing the DBQ assignment.
Double Bubble Map: Students compare the transcontinental railroad to the internet as an extension activity.
Answer Keys: An answer key is provided for the vocabulary and guided questioning.
Station Posters: Six station posters are included- one for each primary source station.
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