Primary Source Letters

Learners analyze three primary source letters from 1939, each detailing the use of tobacco stringing. After thorough investigation, pupils take part in a grand conversation about the letters' purpose, accuracy, and relevance to the topic, and relate persuasion techniques from the time to those we use today. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Make a packet consisting of the lesson's handouts for easy reference 
  • Post discussion quetions on a classroom blog 
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson was designed as part of a series of lessons within a tobacco bag stringing project. 
  • A large amount of copies are required 
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • The lesson plan is brief and to the point 
  • Many of the materials needed are hyperlinked on the website
  • Some components of the lesson are difficult to locate through the website 
  • Contains typos