Students will use the Talking Circle tradition to effectively communicate their ideas on a variety of topics with their fellow students. (See p. 27 Those Who Were Here Before)
Students will keep journals to record their (a) responses to reading selections (b) answers to practice exercises (c) list of new words + synonyms and antonyms
Students will be able to identify, then read primary source accounts and list historic information they discover.
Students will interpret art works depicting momentous historic events of the time and describe each one literally and interpretively: Franklin portrait, Boston Massacre, Midnight Ride, Signing of Declaration, Washington Crossing the Delaware.
Students will take a pre- and post test on 40 questions that are used on the INS citizenship exams. They should be able to answer 30 of the 40 questions correctly on the post test. (pre-test p. 4; post-test p. 48)
Students will learn how to write a four paragraph essay following the model provided on p. 20.