Lesson Plan

Common Sense, Dah!

Teach students about Thomas Paine's "Common Sense"
Michelle B.
Classroom teacher
Cabell County Career Technology Center
Huntington, WV
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My Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
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Objectives

Students will be able to...

-Grasp the concept of what Thomas Paine meant through his writing of "Common Sense"
-Understand the importance of "Common Sense" and how it pertained to the founding of our country.
-Learn key terms in the pamphlet "Common Sense"
-Be able to tell other people and each other what "Common Sense" is and why it is so important for us to know today.

Subjects
Social Studies
Grades 8 - 12
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Show Liberty Kids video: a cartoon may be juvenile but still can keep interest of all ages,

2 Direct Instruction

Print the pamphlet on Common Sense at the above source and distribute to students. As a group read out loud Common Sense. Break up reading into paragraphs. After each paragraph, analyze what is read as a whole group. Handout vocabulary worksheet for students to make flash cards for quiz. Print vocabulary worksheet from above source.

3 Guided Practice

Print worksheet on this website on quotes. Hand out to students and have them work in groups, then come together and discuss each group’s findings.

4 Independence Practice

Independent Practice: 1. Quiz students on their vocabulary worksheet flash cards. 2. Pair students and have each pair prepare a Prezi or PowerPoint on key aspects of common sense following these directions: -Prepare a PowerPoint or Prezi on Common Sense and include the following elements: -Be creative not just informative. Use pictures, illustrations, funny cartoons, etc to make your presentation interesting. -Include title slide with name of PowerPoint/Prezi, your names, and dates. -Conclude with final slide of what you think of “Common Sense”

Student Instructions

-Prepare a PowerPoint or Prezi on Common Sense and include the following elements: Be creative not just informative. Use pictures, illustrations, funny cartoons, etc to make your presentation interesting. -Include title slide with name of PowerPoint/Prezi, your names, and dates. -Conclude with final slide of what you think of “Common Sense”

5 WRAP UP

Show the videos and then discuss as a group these two viewpoints on "Common Sense"