Shared Reading: Learning About Colonial Trades

Trading in Colonial America is the focus of a lesson that boosts reading skills. As a class, scholars examine the informational text for key details, use their new-found knowledge to share information with their peers, and write an ad for a wheelwright. Small groups go on to follow the same steps on their way to writing a help wanted ad. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Combine the lesson with your social studies curriculum that covers Colonial America 
  • Make heterogenous triads to encourage peer support and learning opportunities 
  • Display help wanted ads on a Colonial-themed bulletin board, include lesson highlights for pupils to reference throughout the unit 
Classroom Considerations
  • This second lesson is part of a 16-lesson unit within a series of reading modules 
  • Past and future lessons from this and other units and modules are mentioned 
  • The first portion of the lesson guides pupils in the learning process to prepare them for working independently
  • Several tips are included to meet a variety of learners' needs
  • None
Common Core