4th Grade Colonial America: Bringing 4th grade into the 21st Century while Visiting the 17th Century


library of congress (journals/diaries) Diary:
15-year-old Rhode Island girl. Its first entry is dated December 5, 1675, which appears to be her birthday.

Phillis Wheatley was born in Africa and brought to Boston on a slave ship in 1761. She was only 7 or 8 years old at the time and was purchased by John Wheatley. Phillis was quick to learn the English language and, without attending school, she learned how to read and write. She became interested in poetry and began to compose her own verses. In 1773, at age 19, a volume of her poems was published in London. The Wheatley family treated her more like a family member than a slave, and in this 1774 letter she describes her feelings at the death of her mistress, Mrs. Wheatley.
Colonial America Search:
national archives (digital resources)
(sound cloud-oral presentation?)
virtual lit trips
skype colonial williamsburg

D-Quadrant Backward Planning

Lesson Title

What is it you Want Students to Know and Be Able to Do? – Content Standards

21st Century Skills (ISTE NETS) What will you assess, specifically?

Transfer: Students will be able to independently use their knowledge, understandings, and skills acquired to _

Essential Question Big, broad open question not subject specific

Enduring Understanding: What do you hope students to remember 10 years from now?

Unit Questions: Open questions – subject specific

Content/Guiding Questions: Closed questions – fact finding

How will you know they know it? Formative & Summative Assessment Strategies of content and skills

Formative Assessments:

Summative Assessments:

Performance Assessment Task – G.R.A.S.P.S.__

Goal: The “hook”Your task is…anengaging introduction that kids can connect with – the “real world” situation

The Role - Who does this kind of work or problem solving in the “real world?”

The Audience – Who will you present your product to (other than the teacher)?

The Situation – More details on the goal

The productWhat would you turn in to your boss?

Standards & Criteria for Success – Rubric criteria – what is expected? Should align with learning goals