For Educators - Part 4. Sample Lesson Ideas using the Albion Winegar Tourgee Papers Exhibit

Summary of Common Core Guidelines for Lesson Planning Standards: K-5 ELA Literacy in Reading

Standards: K-5 ELA Literacy in Reading

A. Key Ideas and Details

  • 1. Students can ask and answer questions about key details in a text. At a higher level, they can refer to these details when drawing inferences about explicit meaning in text.
  • 2. Students can identify the main topic or idea in a text. At higher levels, they can explain how key details support the main ideas.
  • 3. Students can describe the connection between two individuals or two events, ideas, or concepts in a text. At higher levels, they can describe the relationship in terms of sequence or cause and effect.

B. Craft and Structure

  • 1. Students can ask and answer questions about unknown words and phrases in a text. At higher levels, they can determine general meaning and domain-specific words and phrases as they relate to their grade-specific curriculum.
  • 2. Students can identify and know text features in order to locate information from the text. At higher levels, they can describe and compare overall structure of parts of a text or, of two or more texts.
  • 3. Students can identify the author of a text and identify what the author means to convey by pictures and words. At higher levels, they can distinguish and differentiate their own and other points of view that may differ from that of an author of a text.

C. Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  • 1. Students can describe the relationship between a text and the illustrations in it, focusing on main topics, characters, events depicted. At higher levels, they can interpret illustrations as well as draw on multiple images to locate answers to questions.
  • 2. Students can identify, and later describe, reasons the author gives to support points in a text. At higher levels, they can explain how the author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
  • 3. Students can identify basic similarities between two texts on the same topic. At higher levels, they can compare and contrast the most important points in two or more texts, and can write or speak about the subject with knowledge.

D. Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

  • 1. In a cumulative assessment, students can read and comprehend informational texts with a level of independence and proficiency.


Student Lesson Resources 

Investigate This Document Further #1: Tourgee's Civil War poem to his wife: 'The Wounded Soldier to His Bride' (July 5th, 1963)

Students learn about the use of poetry as a medium of communication in Antebellum America.

Investigate This Document Further #2: Newspaper Bias and Viewpoints (April 20, 1867)

Students learn how to recognize and interpret Bias and Viewpoints using Newspaper articles 
    Worksheet - "It All Depends"
    Worksheet - "Bias In The Media"

Investigate This Document Further #3: Problems of Race Relations in the U.S. after Emancipation

Students learn the passing of a law does not mean everything "magically" falls into place.

Investigate This Document Further #4: What Did They Mean?

Students learn how language (formal and slang) changes over time, and try to decipher and translate words from long-ago to a modern-day equivalent.

Investigate This Document Further #5: Separate but Equal?

Students learn about segregation by comparing the similarities and differences over time, from Emancipation to the 1960's Civil Rights Movement.

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