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lesson 8
1 hour

Comparing Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts of Susan B. Anthony’s Trial


During this lesson, students revisit the different informational texts they’ve read in this unit.

Note that in Work Time Part B, students categorize all the texts they read into either firsthand or secondhand accounts. But the speech by Susan B. Anthony does not fit tidily into either of these categories, because she is not “retelling” what happened. Rather, the speech is simply a primary source document: an authentic resource from the time and place in history. See note in Work Time Part B to be prepared to clarify this with students during the lesson.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 4 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 8. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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