In this unit, students continue to explore colonial perspectives on the Revolutionary War with a focus on a family divided by their perspectives. Over the course of the unit, they read and act out a play called Divided Loyalties by Gare Thompson. After reading each scene, students analyze the thoughts, feelings, and actions of characters with a focus on the differing Loyalist and Patriot views within the family in order to write a descriptive paragraph describing the character in detail. At strategic points, students read excerpts of the Declaration of Independence and discuss what the characters in Divided Loyalties would think of the excerpt in a text-based discussion.
For the mid-unit assessment, students read a new scene from Divided Loyalties to analyze and write a descriptive paragraph about a character, and they also read a new excerpt of the Declaration of Independence to prepare for a text-based discussion about a character’s view of the excerpt. In the second half of the unit, students continue to read scenes and analyze characters in Divided Loyalties; however, instead of writing descriptive paragraphs, they now write short first person point of view narratives. For the end of unit assessment, students read the final scene of Divided Loyalties and analyze a character to write a new first person narrative.