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Resume Biography Philosophy Standards Artifacts Web-based project


Lesson Plan #2

Unit Name: Colonial America
Lesson Theme: A Question of Tolerance
Prior Student Preparation:

Instructional Objectives
Students will identify why Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson were banished from Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Students will recognize the effect of this banishment as the start of the new colony of Rhode Island.
Students will dramatize a modern day role play based on a studentís script that focuses on difference, tolerance, and compromise.
Students will develop an understanding and feeling for the importance of listening to a different opinion as well as it is to question it.
Students will demonstrate sensitivity in drawing comparisons between the modern dilemma and the colonial issues they just studied.
Resource/Materials: The Public Concern worksheet (one copy for each student)

Order of the Lesson

Estimated Time Sequential Steps
1. 5 min Teacher will give overview, explain the activity, present the problem situation (the Public Concern worksheet), and put students into jigsaw groups.
2. 5 min Students share, in partners of two, their possible solutions to the problem situation and record their thoughts.
3. 5 min Students reconvene to their "home teams" and discuss their ideas and opinions.
4. 10 min Each "home team" constructs a role play involving Ryan White case and his dispute with the PTA/Community leaders.
5. 10 min Teams present role-plays to class and include an explanation of why they choose their solution.
6. 10 min  Students will be asked to draw comparisons between the modern dilemma and the colonial issues they just studied while the teacher facilitates a class discussion.
7. 5 min Lesson Closure / Clean Up / Final Instructions / Assignment
Lesson Closure: Explain to students that listening to an opposing viewpoint and constructively trying to deal with it, while not easy, is a worthy goal. Then reiterate the similarities and differences between the Ryan White case and the Hutchinson/Rogers situation.

Assignment: Draw heads and facial expressions representing the feelings of Anne Hutchinson, Roger Williams, and the Puritan authorities after the banishment of these forward thinking colonistsí. Make bubbles above the heads showing what each group might be thinking.

Lesson Feed Back: Lesson Reflection: