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U.S. History PBL Mini-Unit: SMART Goals in America's Foundations

U.S. History PBL Mini-Unit: SMART Goals in America's Foundations
U.S. History PBL Mini-Unit: SMART Goals in America's Foundations
U.S. History PBL Mini-Unit: SMART Goals in America's Foundations
U.S. History PBL Mini-Unit: SMART Goals in America's Foundations
U.S. History PBL Mini-Unit: SMART Goals in America's Foundations
U.S. History PBL Mini-Unit: SMART Goals in America's Foundations
U.S. History PBL Mini-Unit: SMART Goals in America's Foundations
U.S. History PBL Mini-Unit: SMART Goals in America's Foundations
Product Description
Perfect beginning of the year project to explore the Declaration of Independence and the Preamble of the Constitution!

Start any study of American history by challenging your students to explore the founding American values and the fight to uphold them, translating their learning gains to developing a two-part authentic product: a value-driven SMART Goal & Action Plan, accompanied by 3 persuasive letters to keep themselves motivated to uphold their Goal.

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Greatness is realizing a goal is useless without a detailed plan and committed actions.

No nation is founded more on the idea that constant improvement will make it stronger. The four simple words, “a more perfect Union” encapsulated this idea from the beginning, a time when its leaders were far from perfect. But the vision and the founding values were set. It became up to the disenfranchised, the oppressed, and the wholeheartedly patriotic American citizens to take that Goal and turn it into an Action Plan.

Take your students on a short thematic quest through the founding FORE values (Freedom, Opportunity, Representation, and Equality) as well as a look in at their own founding values to create a SMART Goal Plan of Action for themselves to become more perfect.

Leave the boring textbook behind and lead your students straight to engaging in real reflection and self-improvement by examining our past.

Included in this 2-3 week PBL mini-unit:

Overview
- Mini-unit & project overview & detailed daily lesson plans
- Concept definition and notes sheet for on-going student note taking
- Skill Sheets: Annotating a Text, Ethos / Logos / Pathos

6 Primary Source Document Analysis Activities
- Visionaries: analyze the founding values as seen through the Declaration of Independence and the Preamble to the Constitution.
- Fighters: analyze four American fighters who represents each of the FORE values (Frederick Douglass, Emma Lazarus, Henry David Thoreau, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton) as well as evaluate their use of persuasive techniques to make their case


SMART Goal & Action Plan Project
- Values Inventory & Brainstorm activities
- Project direction sheet, template, and rubrics (CCSS and generic)
- SMART Goal & Action Plan sheets
- Ethos / Logos / Pathos letter sheets to write 3 persuasive letters to themselves for delivery latter in the school year to keep themselves motivated while also practicing effective writing techniques

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Want to go deeper with the whole unit?

U.S. History PBL: Values & America's Foundations Unit explore the men and women who have challenged the establishment to keep America accountable to its founding FORE values throughout 1700s & 1800s American history in this thematic, project-based unit.
Total Pages
57 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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