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Title: "I" Witness to History: Writing First-person Accounts of Historical Events
Url: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/1998/12/07/i-witness-to-history/
Description: In this lesson, from the New York Times Learning Network, students read a first-hand account of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as a springboard for researching a significant historic event. Students then write a set of diary entries from the perspective of a person involved in that event.
Source: Thinkfinity
Partner: ReadWriteThink
Classifications: English Language Arts
English Language Arts -- Reading
Social Studies
Social Studies -- U.S. History General
Social Studies -- World History
Resource Type: Lesson/Activity Plans
GradeLevel: Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
Keywords: narration
World War II
Standards: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
RH.06-08.1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
RH.06-08.2. 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.
RH.09-10.1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
RH.09-10.2. Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
RH.11-12.1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
RH.11-12.2. Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
RH.06-08.6. 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).
RH.09-10.6. Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.
RH.11-12.6. Evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence.
RH.06-08.9. Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
RH.09-10.9. Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
RH.11-12.9. Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
RH.06-08.1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
RH.06-08.2. 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.
RH.09-10.1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
RH.09-10.2. Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
RH.11-12.1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
RH.11-12.2. Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
RH.06-08.6. 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).
RH.09-10.6. Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.
RH.11-12.6. Evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence.
RH.06-08.9. Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
RH.09-10.9. Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
RH.11-12.9. Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
Social Studies, 9-12 (2007)
P1.1 - P1.1 - Use close and critical reading strategies to read and analyze complex texts pertaining to social science; attend to nuance, make connections to prior knowledge, draw inferences, and determine main idea and supporting details.
P1.2 - P1.2 - Analyze point of view, context, and bias to interpret primary and secondary source documents.
P1.3 - P1.3 - Understand that diversity of interpretation arises from frame of reference.
Date Last Modified: 2014-06-10 09:23:48
Date Record Checked: 2014-06-10 09:23:48
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