Title: Welcome to Paradise#112

National Standard: 12 The processes, patterns and functions of human settlements.

State Standard: 13

Teaching Level: E

Objective/Purpose: The students will create advertising posters that are intended to persuade others to join a settlement. The students must support their persuasive arguments with geographic arguments.

Materials: The River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry, poster paper and drawing utensils

1)Read the book to the class.

2)Divide the class into two groups. One group represents the native people portrayed in the book. The other group represents the early English settlers.

3)As a class, brainstorm and record reasons why the native people and the English settlers made their settlements on the river. Refer to the beginning of the book. Note the geography pictured and the accessibility to forms of food, transportation, protection from hostile peoples and shelter.

4)Each student is assigned to create an advertising poster persuading other members to join their settlement. They must include at least three reasons (either in words or pictures) that tell others why the Nashua River Valley would make a good home.

Evaluation/Assessment: Student work and participation

Extension/Enrichment: Have students create a radio or television commercial. Create a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting the native people's settlement with the early English settlement.

Reflection: How successful was this lesson? Did all students benefit? Were there any surprises? What might you do differently another time? Please note any changes that will make this lesson more effective and useful in the future and pass them along to the NHGA. We appreciate your comments.
Thank you.
The authors.

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