Word Choice: Using Academic Vocabulary to Apply for a Colonial Trade Job

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Scholars reflect upon colonial jobs such as a blacksmith, cooper, shoemaker, and more. Together, the class writes a job application as a practice for working independently. Learners employ their experience in writing a job application of their own for a position of their choice.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Make an anchor chart with the lesson's academic vocabulary for pupils to reference while they write 
  • Review steps to write a paragraph, invite participants to use their notes for help when needed 
  • Align the lesson with a social studies unit on American Colonies
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson is the fourth of 16 from a unit within a module all about reading 
  • Previous and future lessons from the unit are mentioned 
Pros

  • The guided practice offers ample opportunity to ask and answer questions 
  • Colonial job application writing combines a modern-day practice in a historical context 
Cons

  • None