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Unit Overview
The following information is only a guide -- always check with your teacher for due dates, scoring guides, projects, etc.
Timeline: Four weeks

Essential Questions and Corresponding Big Ideas

1. What does the literature of the Colonial and Revolutionary period reveal about the dreams and values of Americans living during that period?

Colonial and Revolutionary literature reveal the colonists’ dreams of freedom and prosperity, and eventually the desire to found a nation based on the principles of democracy. Literature, both fiction and non-fiction, provide voices that represent the perspectives and experiences of the various peoples of the era.  

2. How can readers determine the historical and literary significance of foundational U.S. documents?

The historical and literary significance of foundational U.S. documents can be determined through the reading and analyzing of the texts in the context of the colonization, revolution, and founding of what is now the United States of America.  

3. How does an objective summary lead to the understanding of a theme?

Objective summaries assist the reader in determining themes or central ideas and their development in the text. 

4. In what ways do multiple texts address the same universal theme?

Literature is expansive, allowing the same lesson to be taught through a variety of text, all of which strive to make significant connections with the reader.
Performance Assessment
(The Performance Assessment is  presented as a narrative Engaging Scenario and composed of individual tasks that measure a student's understanding of the concepts taught in the unit. Typically, each Performance Assessment has two or three tasks culminating in a final, reflective Task 3 or Task 4.)
Engaging Scenario 

It is the year 2120, and you are the official historian of an expedition of colonists traveling to Mars. Your expedition is attempting the first permanent human settlement on The Red Planet, and your documentation work is critical.

As historian, it is your duty to document the journey from Earth to Mars. You are tasked with paying close attention to the goings-on of the crew, making note of your difficulties and triumphs (both personally and as a group), and, once arrived, observing the details of your first days on Mars. Through your account, the people of Earth will get their first glimpses of interplanetary travel.

Once arrived on Mars, your accomplishments as historian during the voyage have elevated you to a position of influence among the colonists. You will use this position to propose an official form of government for your new settlement, using time-tested and historically-proven foundational documents from American history as guidance. You will present this new form of government, along with the highlights of your historical travel record, in a speech aimed at persuading your fellow colonists of the strength of your political ideals. 

Performance Task Synopses (see your instructor for the final-version, fully-detailed performance task assignment)

Task 1: Exploration Narrative (measuring Georgia Standards of Excellence ELAGSE11-12RL2, ELAGSE11-12W1)

Use literary and informational texts to determine the purpose and style of pre-colonial exploration narratives, then write your own exploration narrative from the point of view of an historian aboard a spacecraft on the way to Mars.

Task 2: Creating a Constitution (GSE ELAGSE11-12RI9, ELAGSE11-12W4)

Drawing from foundational U.S documents, you will create a constitution representative of the new civilization’s values and beliefs.

Task 3: Persuasive Speech (GSE ELAGSE11-12W4, ELAGSE11-12W1)

Using the information from Tasks 1 and 2, write an argumentative essay to convince other settlers to approve and abide by the new foundational documents you have created. 

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