I have transitioned to the Common Core Standards and developed flipped writing videos and complementary writing templates to help students learn how to write strong argument and informative paragraphs. I wanted to share these with teachers who might be able to use them and save time! Argument Paragraph I present my writing instruction online, so students can do the actual writing in class. Then I can circulate around the room answering questions and providing one-on-one support as they write.
About This Unit Overview The focus of The First Thanksgiving for students at this level is to explore the Pilgrims' and Wampanoags' experiences, actions, and decisions as they relate to the settlement of Plimoth colony.
Throughout the unit, students will develop an understanding of historical events from different perspectives while practicing research skills, reading comprehension, and various forms of writing. Use technology tools to access, explore, and synthesize information on the Mayflower, Pilgrims, Plimoth colony, Wampanoags, and the first Thanksgiving Develop an understanding of the Pilgrims' motives in establishing a settlement in the New World Develop an understanding of the colonial and Wampanoag cultures of the early s Compare and contrast lifestyles of the Pilgrims and Wampanoags Interpret information from and create timelines Understand and identify cultural differences between colonial times and the present Read for detail Participate in a variety of active writing activities Demonstrate comprehension through experiential response Reflect on what has been learned after reading by formulating ideas, opinions, and personal responses Set Up Depending on the grade level and maturity level of each class, activities can be facilitated as independent work, collaborative group work, or whole class instruction.
If there are fewer computers than students, group the students by reading level. Assign each student a role: If there are more than three students per computer, you can add roles like a team leader, a team reporter, etc.
If you are working in a learning station in your classroom, break your class into different groups. Have rotating groups working on the computer sreading printed background information, holding smaller group discussions, etc.
You may also want to create a special display of thematic books in your classroom library. Include room for the projects that your students will create through the unit.
Assessment These writing-based tasks incorporate the three types of writing required by the Common Core Standards.
Use one or more as a culminating assessment for your students. Narrative Task Imagine you have a pen pal in another country who is a student your age. The student knows little about U.
In a friendly letter, tell the student the story of the first Thanksgiving.
Tell the story of the first Thanksgiving while remaining faithful to the true events Provide similarities and differences in the first Thanksgiving and how your family celebrates it today Use details from the texts you have read to support your story Expository Task The Pilgrims and the Wampanoag had different lifestyles.
In a short essay, explain the similarities and the differences between the two groups and their daily lives. Then explain how the skills that the Pilgrims and Wampanoag had contributed to the first Thanksgiving feast.
Explain the similarities and the differences between the daily lives of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Explain how the skills they used in their daily lives contributed to the feast Use details from the texts you have read to support your answer Argumentative Task Imagine that your state declares that schools will be open on Thanksgiving.
The state also says, however, that a school district can decide to close for the day if it wants. Write an argument that clearly outlines why your school should close for the celebration of Thanksgiving. You still should present a claim with reasons to support it.This will be a timed, essay-type examination which will cover the required reading.
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