Spruce up your writing lesson with this exciting, debatable writing topic. Students analyze a variety of graphic and textual resources to determine Who REALLY Discovered America. Students will learn about Leif Eriksson (a Viking who discovered American in the year 1000) Christopher Columbus (an explorer who claimed the land for Spain and started the Colombian Exchange) and Amerigo Vespucci (the explorer who determined Columbus had found new land and America was named after).
Students will analyze multiple resources (maps, webpages, articles), write a claim paragraph, then engage in an interactive Table Twitter activity by writing counterclaims. Step-by-step instructions are provided on the Power Point to make teaching and learning easy.
Interesting facts about the discovery of America will motive students to write strong claim and counterclaim paragraphs. They will NEVER forget this lesson. This activity prepares students for state testing in a fun way! It meets many Common Core standards as well as expectations on the Danielson Rubric.
~~~~~~~~~~~~ MATERIALS INCLUDED ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
1) INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES (LESSON PLAN)
2) POWER POINT
~Step-by-step lesson on how to write claim and counterclaim paragraphs with
sentence starters, buzz words, and a variety of ideas on how to extend evidence.
~Examples of paragraphs
~Table Twitter: Engaging activity for students to interact with peers by responding
with a counterclaim.
3) CLAIM AND COUNTERCLAIM GRAPHIC ORGANIZER
4) EXPLORER GRAPHIC ORGANIZER
5) RESOURCES FOR EACH OF THE THREE EXPLORERS
~QR codes for websites with text and maps
~Article for each explorer
6) RUBRIC: CLAIM AND COUNTERCLAIM
****ALSO TRY THESE PRODUCTS****
Informational Text-Based Writing
Perfect Paragraphs: Text Evidence-Based Writing Resources using RACE Strategy