Lesson 3: Disney versus ‘Reality’

FOCUS QUESTION:

Did Pocahontas save John Smith’s life?

Watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iVCxwxYyrM

The Lesson Plan: Includes instruction and documents

http://sheg.stanford.edu/upload/Lessons/Unit%202_Colonial/Pocahontas%20Lesson%20Plan%202.pdf

http://sheg.stanford.edu/upload/Lessons/Unit%202_Colonial/PocahontasTimeline.pdf

From The Art of Historical Detection (pp. 1-7–Serving Time in Virginia)

PDF: Serving Time In VA–pp. 1-7

Audio file of the above chapter: http://www.livescribe.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/LDApp.woa/wa/MLSOverviewPage?sid=7ZJgLSZfjzQR

Assessment:  

Using the 4 documents (2 primary documents from Smith and 2 secondary from the historians) and the Serving Time in Virginia article, write an argument that answers the question “Did Pocahontas save John Smith’s life?”

Standards:  

1. Historical Thinking  and  Social Studies Analysis

RPA History Argument and Analysis Rubric

2.  Career Related Learning Standards

Need help with your assessment? 

Writing the Argument-Analytical Paragraph Template

Brandy’s fairly unforgettable instruction on what a thesis is, the role of  evidence and what exactly commentary is all about.

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