Step 1 (Day 1)
As a class, students will read and listen to the text selection from A Narrative of the Captivity...Mary Rowlandson. The selection contained in the Holt Literature books contains four (4) different sections/chapters from the entire narrative.
Step 2 (Day 1)
After reading and discussing the selection of Mary Rowlandon's captivity narrative, the students will be divided into pairs to create and construct a newscast based on the events in the narrative and the overall historical perspective of that era including King Philip's War.
Step 3 (Day 1)
In their groups, students will determine which student will be creating the historical report on King Philip's War and which student will be creating the news report on Mary Rowlandson's captivity.
Step 4 (Day 2)
Once students have determine which news report they will each be creating, the will each be given a different assignment to complete based on his or her assignment. The students who chose to create a historical newscast on King Philip's War will complete a "Historical Perspective Timeline - King Philip's War." The students who chose to create a newscast on the captivity of Mary Rowlandson will complete a three-column chart that will detail chronological events of the captivity, biblical references in the narrative, and captor references in the narrative.
Step 5 (Day 2)
Students will next begin researching, creating, and constructing their individual newscast. Students working on the historical newscast for King Philip's War will be given a certain set of dates from which they will research. The students working on the captivity of Mary Rowlandson will be given a particular "Remove" that they will be reporting from and researching. At this stage of the lesson, students will be given two different guideline sheets to help them form their newscast. One guideline sheet will be for the research portion of the assignment. It will provide students with scholastic websites from which they can find a variety of facts and information for their newscast. Students will also be given a newscast guideline sheet, which will provide an outline and some rules that students should follow when creating their newscast. The guideline sheet will provide websites where students can view sample newscasts to model their own newscast.
Step 6 (Day 2)
Each group will research and create their own individual newscast. One student will research his or her given dates on King Philip's War and create a Photostory in Microsoft PowerPoint or Windows Media Player to have scrolling while the student is presenting the newscast on King Philip's War. The other student in the group will research his or her own "Remove" assigned to them from Mary Rowlandson's captivity narrative. He or she will create an "on the scene" report regarding Mary Rowlandson's captivity. This student will discuss the chronological events, biblical references, and comments/references that Rowlandson makes regarding her captors. This student will also create his or her own Photostory with Microsoft PowerPoint or Windows Media Player to have scrolling while they are presenting their "on the scene" report regarding the captivity of Mary Rowlandson.
Step 7 (Day 3)
Student groups will present their newscasts in front of the class and other guests. The newscasts will be videotaped for future viewing and classroom use. The students will present according the dates they were assigned regarding King Philip's War and the coinciding "Remove" of Mary Rowlandson's captivity narrative. Each student newscast should last six to ten minutes.
Step 8 (Day 3)
Each student group will submit their formal paper copy of their newscast and the assignment worksheets that they each completed earlier in the lesson on day two.