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Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

William Bradford's 'Of Plymouth Plantation' is a journal-style publication recounting the experiences of the pilgrims. This lesson plan engages students with a video lesson and activity to teach them about this pivotal historical work.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the history and significance of William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation
  • summarize key excerpts from the work
  • analyze the accuracy of the information provided in the piece

Length

  • 1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.5

Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.6

Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.8

Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.9

Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

Materials

  • Selected excerpts from William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • Paper copies of the list of Mayflower passengers and their outcomes as printed in William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation
  • Internet access
  • Internet-enabled devices

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