Core Assessment Module: Letter on Jefferson

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Seventh graders read a close passage about a writer who opened the doors to American history. The lesson includes a graphic organizer, guided questions, and a final writing task where students must identify a central idea of a close passage and support it with evidence from the text. They examine their thinking before and after reading John Adams's description of Thomas Jefferson agreeing to write the Declaration of Independence. All questions and tasks in the seventh of 10 lessons are nicely tied to Common Core standards.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have scholars research Thomas Jefferson and the context that this passage was written in—were there any other members of Congress that aided him in writing the Declaration of Independence?
  • Have a model response for writers to examine for comparison when reviewing the writing task
Classroom Considerations

  • The majority of the activity is individual, but the end has groups of two or three; consider grouping desks to allow for the speaking/listening section of the lesson

  • Resource offers definitions for difficult vocabulary within the close passage
  • Graphic organizer allows classmates to evaluate their metacognition and how it changed after reading the piece 

  • Link to the writing assessment rubric does not work