A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively
engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.