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A Sailor's Underwear

Classroom Discussion

Have students bring in one everyday item from home that they think historians would learn the most about their lives from, and have them present it to the class.  What information could a historian learn about them from the object? Why do they think historians would think it is important?  

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 - Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Engage in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Standard 4 - Report on a topic/text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes.  Speak clearly and at an understandable pace.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade levels topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Standard 4 - Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples.  Use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

Reading for Literarcy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 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.

Standard 9 - Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

Writing for Literarcy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 - Write arguements focused on discipline-specific content.

Creative Writing Assignment

Research a far away location, and write a travel narrative about your trip there.  How is the trip?  What do you see along the way?  What do you need to pack?  What do you do once you get there?

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 2 - Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details:  summarize the text.

Standard 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.

Standard 6 - Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

Standard 9 - Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgably.

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 - Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g. visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Standard 8 - Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from from claims that are not.

Standard 9 - Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Standard 7 - Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge thorugh investigation of different aspects of a topic.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informal texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well structured event sequences.

Standard 7 - Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Writing for Literacy in Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Map Assignment

Read Two Years Before the Mast, and create a map of Dana's trip, including stops along the way, and what Dana mentions about those stops.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Ask and answer question to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explictly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Standard 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.

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 8 - Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources, take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Engage in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.