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A Trip to Colonial America

 

Introduction:  
  BANG! BANG! As shots thundered throughout the countryside, the Revolution began. As your quest begins throughout Colonial America, you will journey through the times of great unrest molding how America began.
Task:  
  Your quest begins with many events starting with the Revolution and ending with the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America, at which point, students will publish a historical fiction piece based on one event leading up to the signing of the Constitution.
Process:  
  Step 1. Students will research several events, at least 3, leading up to the signing of the Constitution.

Step 2. As you are journeying throughout Colonial America, students will need to complete a graphic organizer of their choosing to record their findings.

Step 3. After completing research, students will choose an event of interest to them.

Step 4. Students will begin the writing process to complete a Historical Fiction piece from the eyes or perspective of an eighth grades.

Step 5. Upon completion of the piece, students will submit published work.

***Note: Students will conference with the teacher throughout the writing process as problems arise.
Resources:  
  www.ushistory.org
www.history.com
www.sparknotes.com/history/american/prerevolution
Evaluation:  
  The writing:
- Establishes and maintains an authentic and insightful focused purpose throughout

- Indicates a strong awareness of audiences needs; communicates effectively with audience; sustains distinctive voice and/or appropriate tone
- Demonstrates reflective, analytical and/or insightful idea development; provides specific, thorough support; skillfully applies characteristics of the genre
The writing:
- Demonstrates careful and/or subtle organization that enhances the purpose
- Demonstrates varied and subtle transitional elements throughout

- Demonstrates control, variety and complexity in sentence structure to enhance meaning
The writing:
- Demonstrates control of grammar and usage to enhance meaning


- Demonstrates accurate, rich and/or precise word choice appropriate for audience and purpose
- Demonstrates control of correctness to enhance communication

Conclusion:  
  As students finish their writings, they will hand in their work. After handing their published pieces to the teacher, students will submit a reflection of their journey back to Colonial America through email.

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