The Language Arts and writing objectives for this unit are that the students will be able to use a variety of sources that incorporate words paired with images to learn about the background, people, the battles of the Revolutionary War, and define vocabulary associated with it. The students will be able to use the Cornell note-taking system, developed by Professor Walter Pauk, at Cornell University. Cornell note taking allows students to condense and organize their notes.
The students will be able to write a brief summary to review the information learned on a particular day. These notes will be used in the final project at the end of the unit. The students will also be able to keep a folder for all important handouts presented to them, as well as a journal for writing about portraits, poetry, events, and other texts.
Prior to the start of the unit, students will have practiced Cornell note taking, read the background information of the war, and will have explored vocabulary terms. Students will have also practiced organizing information with graphic organizers like the Venn diagram, which assists with comparison and contrast, and charts that ask what the students know, what they want to know, and what they will have learned, known as (KWL) charts.