This Thomas Day's Letter to His Daughter, Mary Ann lesson plan also includes:
- Teacher Tool 1: Brief Biography of Thomas Day
- Teacher Tool 2: Thomas Day Timeline
- Teacher Tool 3: Thomas Day's Letter Text
- Teacher Tool 4: What Happened to Mary Day?
- Teacher Tool 5: Thomas Day's Letter in Original Form
- Student Handout 1: Thomas Day Timeline
- Who was Thomas Day?
- Additional Resources (Books, Articles, and Websites)
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Why is a letter a better way to learn about a person than a different primary source? Explore Thomas Day's ideas and advice to his daughter in a letter from 1851, which details the struggles of the American South before the Civil War. After reading through a biography and timeline of Day's life, students listen to a reading of the letter and note to which phrases they find an emotional connection.
- Create an interdisciplinary lesson with the letter and your unit on the Antebellum South
- Prompt young writers to compose a letter to their future children, providing both advice and insight about their present-day problems
- Comes with teaching tools, student worksheets, an instructional video, and other resource materials, including a copy of the letter as it appeared in 1851 (all attached)