Guiding Question:Collaborative: Students will understand the political divisions surrounding John Adams presidency by analyzing the Alien and Sedition Acts and writing a news article defending or criticizing it with a score of at least 3/4 according to the rubric.
Independent: Students will work to increase their Lexile levels by determining the central ideas of an Achieve article about Presidential coins, completing the first four tabs, and scoring at least 75% on the activity.
8.4.1 - Describe the country’s physical landscapes, political divisions, and territorial expansion during the terms of the first four presidents.
RH.6-8.2 - Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source
WHST.6-8.4 - Produce clear and coherent writing
ELD B.6 - Reading closely literary and informational texts and viewing multimedia to determine how meaning is conveyed.
Do Now (Voice Level 0) 5 minutes:
On your objective tracker, dissect the objectives you will be working to complete for today. Be prepared to explain the objectives in your own words if I call on you.
Whole Group (Voice Level 0) 10 minutes:
Alien and Sedition Acts Intro
Task 1: Achieve3000, "Will These Presidents be Popular?" You need to complete the first 4 tabs for this article.
- You only need to summarize paragraphs that are more than two sentences! You may write your summaries as bullet points for my class.
- Achieve articles are summative grades. You cannot get higher than an NP if you did not summarize. In order to complete a "makeup Achieve" you need to also complete the first 4 tabs and the summaries on your makeup article as well.
Collaborative (Voice Level .5 - 1) 40 minutes:
Step 1: We will popcorn read these sources about the Alien & Sedition Acts
- Source 1 USHistory.org
- Source 2 Holt
Step 2: You will write a news article either supporting or criticizing the Alien and Sedition acts and include at least two pieces of text evidence. Instructions are on your handout
Exit Ticket (Voice Level 0) 5 minutes:
Flip to the calendar section of your Objective Tracker. Add a + for each objective you completed for today and a - for objectives you were not able to complete.
Think of 5 ways you are going to positively impact our country over the next four years. They can be big or small actions!