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Captain William Evans Letter

Creative Writing Assignment

Imagine you are Charles Mallory Evans and compose a letter in response to the one received from your father, Captain Evans.  Tell him about the events of your daily life (i.e. popular games of the times, school work, etc.) and how family life is without him.

 

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 6 - Analyze multiple accounts of the same 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 knowledgeably.

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.

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 through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational 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.

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

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

Classroom Discussion

What is imperialism?  What does it mean for the captain of the Haze and the production of clipper ships?

 

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 6 - Analyze multiple accounts of the same 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 knowledgeably.

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.

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 2- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

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

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

Writing, Grades 6-12

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

Standard 2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

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

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.

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

Standard 1 - Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the evidence.

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.

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

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

Standard 7 - Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating an understanding of the subject under investigation.

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

Map Project

On a map, trace the route that a letter sent from Hong Kong, via San Francisco, to West Dennis, Massachusetts might travel to reach its destination.  Now trace the route a ship would have to take to reach the same destination.  How long would it take to travel this distance today?  Bonus question:  How many days did it take the Haze or a similar clipper ship to make the same journey?

 

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 6 - Analyze multiple accounts of the same 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 knowledgeably.

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.

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 2- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

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

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational 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.

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.

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

Standard 2 - Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures, experiments, or technical process.

Standard 7 - Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating an understanding of the subject under investigation.

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

Art Project

Create a clipper ship card for the Haze.  Make your advertisement exciting!  Show people what exciting cargo they can expect to accompany the Haze as it makes its voyage.  Be sure to include the location of the Haze at a port, when it will be set to sail, and the names of its captain and owner.  Have the students present their clipper ship card.

 

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

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 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 knowledgeably.

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.

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 2- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

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

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

Writing, Grades 6-12

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

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

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 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 Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

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

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

Standard 7 - Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating an understanding of the subject under investigation.

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