Assignments to hand in:
Step 1: Introduction - Class Party
Imagine if your teacher told you that since your class was doing so well in school, the class could have a special party next week. Your teacher then tells you that the class gets to decide the details of the party, such as:
-starting and ending times
-entertainment (games, music, and so on)
-food and drink
Now, imagine that after hours of planning and purchasing supplies, your teacher receives a letter that she reads to the class about a new school rule has been created and you can't have the party! - Read the PTA Memo Handout.
Step 2: Compare & Contrast - Party to Britain and Colonists
The party planning process and the memo from the PTA were similar to the American colonists' frustration with British legislative acts from 1763 to 1774. Reflect and answer these questions on a lined piece of paper and look at the Compare/Contrast Graphic Organizer handout.
1. How would you have felt when you were planning your own class party?
2. How would you have felt when you heard the PTA's guidelines for the class party?
3. Would this situation have seemed fair to you? Why or why not?
4. Imagine if you had not been told that you could plan your own party and instead had been told the PTA was going to allow you to have a class party with certain restrictions. Would you have felt as frustrated as you would have in the first scenario? Why or who not?
Step 3: Reading - Look at the picture above that represents the strained relationship between Britain and the Colonies. Read Section 10.2 in America's Past textbook.
Step 4: Reading Notes Graphic Organizer: Print the Illustrations for Reading Notes Handout and cut up the sections. Then complete the Reading Notes 10 Graphic Organizer Handout matching the corresponding illustration to each event. Write your notes, comparing the "Strained Relationship" metaphor with what happened in our history. See the example below:
Step 5: Processing - Complete the Processing 10 Handout by writing your own stanza (set of lines). The first stanza at the top of the page are an excerpt from a satirical ballad entitled "The Mother Country," which was written by Benjamin Franklin in 1776.