ALEX Learning Activity


HSI: Historical Scene Investigation, Operation Puritans

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Ashley Lucier
System:Autauga County
School:Marbury Middle School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2395
HSI: Historical Scene Investigation, Operation Puritans
Digital Tool/Resource:
HSI Answer Sheet
Web Address – URL:

In this activity, students will visit four different stations and study informational text about Puritan culture. Students will gain an understanding of Puritan themes and values based on an analysis of the documents. 

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit. 

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 10
11 ) Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. [RI.9-10.2]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.10.11- Identify how the main idea develops throughout a text; create an objective summary of an informational text.

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 10
19 ) Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational United States documents of historical and literary significance (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features. [RI.11-12.9]

Learning Objectives:

1. Students will be able to determine the central idea of an informational text and provide specific details supporting that theme. 

2. Students will be able to identify the purpose of early-American informational texts. 

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

1. The instructor gives expectations for working in groups and splits students into four stations (for larger classes, an instructor can make two stations per document for a total of eight stations).

2. Students will rotate stations at intervals determined by the instructor. 

3. At each station, students will read the text and answer the questions for the appropriate document. Documents include Document A: The Mayflower Compact, Document B: "A Model of Christian Charity," Document C: "A Declaration of Remarkable Prudishness," and Document D: "The Arrival of Pilgrims on America." Answers should be recorded on the HSI Answer Sheet

4. As students are working, the instructor should rotate through the stations to ensure students are on task and responding correctly. This is also an optimal time to encourage student discussion in small groups. 

5. Students are completed with the activity once they have visited each station and responded to all questions. 

Assessment Strategies:

Once all students have completed their answer sheets, complete an informal assessment by discussing findings with the students. This is a beneficial time to check for initial understanding and correct misconceptions.

The instructor can collect answer sheets and grade based on accuracy. For a quicker option, have students complete an exit slip describing the main values of Puritanism based on the texts studied. 

Advanced Preparation:

Prepare classroom by creating four station areas. Make copies of all handouts: answer sheet - 1 per student), informational texts (typically about 6-8; enough for each student at a station to have a copy).

Variation Tips (optional):

Use the HSI Modified Answer Sheet for students who need additional support. Peer learners could also be assigned to the same group to assist struggling students. 

Notes or Recommendations (optional):

This lesson is appropriate to use when beginning a unit on early American literature or Puritanism (for example, The Crucible). The activity can be used in lieu of a traditional background lecture on Puritan culture. 

  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: American literature, background information, Puritan, stations