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Zebina Montague Letter

Creative Writing Assignment

Working in groups, have students create Revolutionary War newspapers from the town of Sunderland.  What would have made the front page?  Students may include editorials, cartoons, and advertisements.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 2 (Grades 6-8) Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Standard 3 (Grades 6-8) Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences.

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

Standard 1 (Grades 6-12) Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.

Standard 2 (Grades 6-12) Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

Research Project

Show the effect of the Revolutionary War on the whaling industry of Nantucket using a variety of graphs.

Common Core State Standards

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 (Grade 6) 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,

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

Standard 7 (Grades 6-8) Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Creative Writing Assignment

Have students write a response from John Montague to Zebina regarding this letter from May 18th, 1775.  Students should incorporate what they have learned about the Revolutionary War in Massachusetts into the letter.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 2 (Grades 6-8) Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Standard 3 (Grades 6-8) Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences.

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

Standard 1 (Grades 6-12) Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.

Standard 2 (Grades 6-12) Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

Creative Writing Assignment

Have students compose a two-voice poem on the American Revolution from the perspective of a revolutionary and a loyalist.  They might even choose to have Zebina and any one of his family or neighbors as one of the voices.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 2 (Grades 6-8) Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Standard 3 (Grades 6-8) Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences.

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

Standard 1 (Grades 6-12) Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.

Standard 2 (Grades 6-12) Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.