Introduce students to Anne Bradstreet and her works "Upon the Burning of our house in 1667" and "My Dear and Loving Husband".
-Students will read a brief biography of Bradstreet (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/anne-bradstreet)
-Students will read the poems:
"Upon the Burning of our House" (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/172963)
"To My Dear and Loving Husband" (http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/my-dear-and-loving-husband)
-Teacher will lead a class discussion of the works, emphasizing themes and clarifying archaic language.
Introduce students to Jonathon Edwards and his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God".
-Students will read a brief biography of Jonathon Edwards (http://www.britannica.com/biography/Jonathan-Edwards) (http://edwards.yale.edu/research/about-edwards/biography)
-Students will read "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" (http://edwards.yale.edu/archive?path=aHR0cDovL2Vkd2FyZHMueWFsZS5lZHUvY2dpLWJpbi9uZXdwaGlsby9nZXRvYmplY3QucGw/Yy4yMTo0Ny53amVv#)
-Teacher will lead a class discussion on the sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", emphasizing themes and clarifying archaic language.
Before class, the teacher will email (using Gmail) all students the assignment:
This assignment will be in the format of a group presentation on several literary readings from Puritan authors, utilizing the Internet for research, Gmail for collaboration and communication, and Google Docs for presentation of the project. You will be graded as a group on the content, quality, and professionalism of your presentation. Factors considered in assigning grades include:
20% - completion of all portions of the project, grammar & spelling accurate
20% - supporting your conclusions with relevant material from the text
20% - collaborative use of appropriate technology by all group members
20% - accuracy of online research & correct citation of sources
20% - quality of the group's verbal presentation/explanation of the presentation.
The presentation must address the following:
Compare ANNE BRADSTREET and JONATHON EDWARDS according to the authors' viewpoints on the following issues: 1. Eternal Life 2. God's relation to people 3. Religious Beliefs 4. Human Frailty. Support your comparisons through examples from each of the author's works in the text.
2. Research Puritan Writers: Cotton Mather & Michael Wigglesworth
For each writer give:
--1 example/excerpt of their work
--Based on the excerpt you gave, speculate whether the author would prefer Anne Bradstreet's or Jonathon Edward's version of a Puritan God.
CITE YOUR SOURCES!!
"You will be using Google Docs to create your presentations, as well as presenting them as a group to the class. Expect to answer questions on the material in your presentation, from me as well as from the class. This assignment will count as a comprehensive test grade. Let me know if you have any questions."
-Teacher will assign students to groups of 2-3, groups will be assigned to a computer (1 per group).
-Teacher will instruct groups to check their Gmail inbox for the assignment instructions.
-Students will then open Google Docs and begin creating their group presentation. Students will start by creating a title for their presentation. They will then immediately save the presentation. Teacher will demonstrate the use of a LCD projector to illustrate an example for the class on how to share their presentation with the teacher.
-Teacher will instruct students to invite the teacher to edit their group presentations in Google Docs.
-Students will use remaining time in class to work in groups on creating additional pages on their presentation.
-Teacher will monitor progress on all group presentations through Google Docs, providing feedback and answering questions as they arise. (Ex: Do the examples you chose from each author's work support your statements you make regarding the author's viewpoints?).
Students will continue to work on researching their project in groups, using their laptop computers to access the Internet and update their presentations on Google Docs.
Teacher will continue to monitor progress of all group presentations using Google Docs, as well as walking through the classroom and providing feedback to individual groups. (Ex: Do the examples you chose from each author's work support your statements you make regarding the author's viewpoints?).
Groups will present their information in front of the class, using the LCD projector and presenting from Google Docs. Throughout each group presentation, the teacher will ask questions pertaining to the material presented from each student in the group. Following each presentation, the class will be allowed and encouraged by the teacher to ask questions or make comments on the presentations.