Thomas Paine's Common Sense Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Introduce your students to Thomas Paine's famous 'Common Sense' with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson on the topic, discuss the parts and impact of this text, do a project and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide a brief biography of Thomas Paine
  • explain the parts and content of 'Common Sense'
  • describe the impact of 'Common Sense'

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1

Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Thomas Paine
  • Journalist
  • Monarchy

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