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Puritans Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Help your students understand the Puritans and their journey with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains the Puritans, work cooperatively to examine details, then do a project to show understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline the journey of the Puritans
  • describe life for Puritans in England and America

Length

1 hour

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Reform
  • Persecution
  • Denomination

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Start the lesson by asking students to reflect on their own lives and think of a time they weren't allowed to do something they wanted. Share a personal story to get started, such as the time you wanted to see a movie but it was sold out.
  • Divide students into partners and have them share their stories, then discuss aloud:
    • How did it feel to not do something you wanted?
    • What did you do (or want to do) to get what you wanted?
  • Tell students they will be learning about a group called the Puritans. Share prior knowledge on the topic and preview lesson vocabulary.
  • Give students paper and have them make an outline of a person, then cut it out.
  • Instruct students to take notes on their 'Puritan Person' about the Puritans.

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