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Lawson’s Many Roles


Subject: Middle School Social Studies
Written by: Evyonne Davis, West Craven Middle School


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Summary/Abstract:

Lawson’s Many Roles

This lesson provides a look at the life of John Lawson in his various roles as explorer, surveyor, writer, land speculator, and trader. The student will determine the relative area in which John Lawson traveled and lived. The student will write an informational essay tracing the movement of John Lawson and summarizing his contacts in North Carolina/South Carolina. The student will assess the impact on and contributions of John Lawson to the local and surrounding area.



Objectives/Time/Materials:

Objectives/SCOS:

Eighth Grade Social Studies: North Carolina History

Competency Goal 1: The learner will analyze important geographic, political, economic, and social aspects of life in the region prior to the Revolutionary Period.

Objective 1.05. Describe the factors that led to the founding and settlement of the American colonies including religious persecution, economic opportunity, adventure, and forced migration.

Objective 1.07. Describe the roles and contributions of diverse groups, such as American Indians, African Americans, European immigrants, landed gentry, tradesmen, and small farmers to everyday life in colonial North Carolina, and compare them to the other colonies.

Skill Competency Goal 2: The learner will acquire strategies to access a variety of sources, and use appropriate research skills to gather, synthesize, and report information using diverse modalities to demonstrate the knowledge acquired.

Objective 2.01: Use appropriate sources of information.

Objective 2.02: Explore print and non-print materials.

Objective 2.03: Utilize different types of technology.

Objective 2.05: Transfer information from one medium to another, such as written to visual and statistical to written.

Objective 2.06: Create written, oral, musical, visual, and theatrical presentations of social studies information.

Time Required for Lesson:
90 minutes

Materials/Supplies Needed:
Classroom-sized NC Maps, outline maps of NC, textbooks, handouts of readings, and computer/John Lawson Exhibit: http://www.lib.ecu.edu/exhibits/lawson

Recommended Digital Resources:

Read More About It: Imagining a Life http://www.lib.ecu.edu/exhibits/lawson/main2.html

1951 Biographical Sketch of John Lawson. In the Lawson Exhibit, click on the Adventurer icon. Scroll down to the 1951 biographical sketch.

Chronology of John Lawson’s Life—http://www.lib.ecu.edu/exhibits/lawson/main3.html

Among the Tuscarora: The Strange and Mysterious Death of John Lawson,” by Marjorie Hudson. North Carolina Literary Review 1.1 (1992): 62-82. Go to the Lawson main page, click on Adventurer, and go down to 1992.

John Lawson as an Adventurer http://www.lib.ecu.edu/exhibits/lawson

John Lawson as Entrepreneur http://www.lib.ecu.edu/exhibits/lawson

On the Trail of John Lawson http://www.tradingpath.org/lawson/lawson1.html

Historic Bath (North Carolina Historic Sites, North Carolina Division of Archives and History): http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/bath/bath.htm

John Lawson’s Journey (Map)

www.rla.unc.edu/Archives/accounts/Lawson/Map.jpg
www.tradingpath.org/lawson/lawson1.html.

Read More about John Lawson as an Adventurer and Entrepreneur. http://www.lib.ecu.edu/exhibits/lawson/Adven1.html

Relation of My American Project, 1714, Lawson’s Death (p.263-270)

New Voyage of Carolina-A Description of North Carolina

To Alexander Spotswood, Governor of Virginia, 1711 January 29

Journal to the Proceedings of Phillip Ludwell 1710

Abstracts of John Lawson’s Will, 1708 August 12

Christopher Gale v. Joseph Dereham, 1713 April 15

Robert Daniell v. John Lawson, 1706 March 6.

Christopher Gale v. John Lawson, 1706 March 6

Thomas Peterson, attorney of Perry and Company v. John Lawson, 1708 January 27.



Lesson Plan Format

Focus and Review:
Students will become familiar with John Lawson through reading and a variety of activities. Opening questions: Do you know someone, or have you read about someone, who was killed over something that seemed insignificant? Who is John Lawson and why are we studying him anyway? From the John Lawson Exhibit, go to Read More About It: Imagining a Life; Chronology of John Lawson’s Life; Among the Tuscarora; On the Trail of John Lawson; Historic Bath; John Lawson’s Journey (Map); Read More about John Lawson as an Adventurer and Entrepreneur.

Teacher Input:
Share background on John Lawson thru the use of Web information and other media.

Group Activities:
1) Using a North Carolina map, locate the areas where Lawson traveled and lived.

2) Divide the class into groups: Lawson as explorer, writer, surveyor, land speculator, and trader. Each group will discuss and determine Lawson’s contribution to North Carolina history. Each group selects a reporter to report to the class.

Explorer connection: Relation of My American Project, 1714, Lawson’s Death (p.263-270)

Writer connection: New Voyage of Carolina-A Description of North Carolina

Surveyor connection: To Alexander Spotswood, Governor of Virginia, 1711 January 29

Land speculator connection:

Abstracts of John Lawson’s Will, 1708 August 12

Christopher Gale v. Joseph Dereham, 1713 April 15

Robert Daniell v. John Lawson, 1706 March 6.

Trader connection:

Christopher Gale v. John Lawson, 1706 March 6

Thomas Peterson, attorney of Perry and Company v. John Lawson, 1708 January 27.

Individual Activities:
1) Fill in an outline map showing the states and towns visited by Lawson in his travels.

2) Write in narrative form an informational paper detailing the movements of John Lawson. Your paper should include the names of important people and other facts of interest.

Reflection and Closure:
What did we learn about John Lawson? How can we relate this new information to what we already know was happening in colonial America? In what ways was John Lawson typical and in what ways was he special or different?


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