Puritan Massachusetts: Theocracy or Democracy?

Was Puritan society governed as more of a theocracy or democracy? After comparing and contrasting a series of primary source documents, middle and high schoolers form small groups and debate the question.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Instead of breaking pupils into small groups, assign them to answer the activity question in an essay
  • Flip your class by giving the reading portion of the article as a homework assignment
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires little prep time
  • Includes images and case studies to help explain concepts
  • Teaches learners to evaluate texts with two perspectives and to compare those perspectives
  • None