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Sleds on Boston Common
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Lesson
  • Before Teaching
    • 1. Read the Big Ideas and Key Understandings and the Synopsis below. Please do not read these to the students. They provide a description for teachers about the Big Ideas and Key Understandings that students should take away after completing this task.

      2. Read entire main selection text, keeping in mind the Big Ideas and Key Understandings.

      3. Re-read the main selection text while noting the stopping points for the Text-dependent Questions and Vocabulary.

  • Big Ideas and Key Understandings
    • If you can clearly explain your reasoning, you can sometimes get people to change their minds and come to agreement, no matter your age or difference in opinion. Henry learns that just because someone has a different viewpoint on how a country is run, that doesn’t mean he’s not a good person.

  • Synopsis
    • This is a story set in December 1774, six months after King George III closes Boston Harbor. Now, only the King’s ships can enter the harbor, and the resultant lack of trade leaves little work for the local men. Henry Price, who is celebrating his 9th birthday, tells the story. He heads to Boston Common to try out his new sled but finds that British soldiers have taken over the area where he and his siblings normally go sledding.  The whole town used the common area before it was taken over. Henry decides to speak up to General Thomas Gage, who listens and provides an area for the children to sled. 

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