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Memorializing the Whaling Industry

Point of View Writing Assignment

Write journal entries for a whaleman that was part of the whale hunt shown in the photo series.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 1Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

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.

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

Reading for Literacy 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.

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

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

 

Descriptive Writing Assignment

Imagine that the creators of the whaling stereograph cards need your help writing captions for all of the scenes. Observe the scenes on the different cards and write short 1-2 paragraph descriptions for each.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing, Grades 3-5

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

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

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

Writing, Grades 6-12

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

Reading for Literacy 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.

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

Literary Exploration

Read a journal or an excerpt from a novel such as Moby Dick, and compare the account with what can be learned from the stereograph card series.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

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

Writing, Grades 3-5

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.

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

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