1. Copy of Essay
2. Copy of guided questions
3. Map of New Haven in 1800’s
To make students aware of the accomplishments of Lanson, and to sharpen students debating skills by fostering discussion concerning his life and times.
Entry Point A: Teacher will remind students that last night’s homework was to complete the essay on William Lanson and to be able to discuss its contents during this class. Teacher then has class continue to read aloud the essay on Lanson, so that he or she can clarify any matters which students are unclear of.
Entry Point B: Teacher then has the option of handing out questions and have students answer them individually at first and then discuss the answers aloud. Or the teacher can simply lead a discussion with the guided questions as a basis for this discussion.
Entry Point C: Teacher then asks class to imagine that they were alive during Lanson’s day. They would then have create a problem in the town of New Haven that potentially impacts all of its citizens. Students would then be required to come up with a detailed solution to this problem, based upon the resources available to them at the time.