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John Lawson’s Emigration Impact: Short Essay


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


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Summary/Abstract:

John Lawson’s Emigration Impact: Short Essay

Students will review writings by Lawson and comments about Lawson’s writings to see what impact they might have had on emigration to America. Students will analyze the influence of John Lawson in the early settlement of the American colonies. After reviewing Lawson’s writings and comments about them, students will write an essay expressing their thoughts on whether Lawson played a part in persuading others to settle in America.



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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 4. The learner will explore and use research processes to meet information needs.

Objective 4.07: Organize and use information.

Skill Competency Goal 5. The learner will communicate reading, listening, and viewing experiences.

Objective 5.03: Describe, support an opinion, and/or persuade an audience using a variety of media formats (print, graphical, audio, video, multimedia, web-based)

Time Required for Lesson:
45 minutes

Materials/Supplies Needed:
Computer/Internet Access/John Lawson Exhibit: www.lib.ecu.edu/exhibits/lawson

Recommended digital resources:

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

1951 Biographical Sketch of John Lawson.

Online Editions of Lawson’s A New Voyage to Carolina, select the first site. Read the Title Page, Letter to the Lords-Proprietors, and Preface.

First eight paragraphs of A Description of North Carolina (stop at “Of the Inlets and Havens”).



Lesson Plan Format

Individual Activities:
Review the websites: http://www.lib.ecu.edu/exhibits/lawson.

Click on the Adventurer icon. Under Read More About John Lawson as an Adventurer, click on 1951 Biographical Sketch of John Lawson. Read entire account.

Click on For Further Reading and then go to Online Resources. Under Online Editions of Lawson’s A New Voyage to Carolina, select the first site. Read the Title Page, Letter to the Lords-Proprietors, and Preface.

Also under Online Resources, read the first eight paragraphs of A Description of North Carolina (stop at “Of the Inlets and Havens”).

Now write an essay expressing your thoughts on whether Lawson played a part in persuading others to come to America. Your essay should be a minimum of one page. Please proofread and edit as necessary.

Reflection and Closure:
Based on the various roles he played, John Lawson was in an ideal position to know critical details about the area and the important political figures. How did Lawson put this information to good use?


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