Lesson Plan

Compare and Contrast: Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards

Student groups will be able to research, identify, and communicate information about Puritan writers, as well as compare themes between individual author's works.
Tina S.
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My Grades 9, 10, 11
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...

R.L. 11.1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

R.L. 10.2:Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

R.L. 11.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

R.I. 11.3: Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.

R.I. 11.9:  Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational United States documents of historical and literary significance (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features.

W 11.5: Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1–3 up to and including grades 11–12 here.)

W 11.9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


English Language Arts
Grades 11
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1 Hook/Introduction

Students will view the video " Historical Background on the Puritans".

Note: For easy access, teacher generates a QR code for video.

2 Guided Practice

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Teacher will create a document in google.docs. This document will serve as a close reading of Anne Bradstreet's Poem, "To My Dear Husband". See attached. Students will follow along in their own document while teacher models the close reading and annotating.

Guided Practice: https://docs.google.com/a/muhsd.org/document/d/1JnMjCjFpd9bj7ooO_0naDDmd...


3 Independent Practice

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Jigsaw Activity:

Jigsaw Activity: Please be ready to summarize your passage and present it to the class.

Biography of Jonathan Edwards

Group 1: Undergraduate Years

Group 2: Becoming a pastor

Group 3: First Great Awakening

Group 4: "The first and greatest homegrown American philosopher"

Group 5: A Mission Post

Biography: http://edwards.yale.edu/research/about-edwards/biography

The students have 15 minutes to create a group presentation summarizing their section of the jigsaw.

4 Homework Practice

Students will work in the same groups to complete this work. Students will be collaborating on the same document: https://docs.google.com/a/muhsd.org/document/d/1n2-yeT8KXQrTN4CyUlruEOKl...

Note: For easy access, teacher generates an qr code for video.