Objectives: Students will examine the document and illustrations to see how children in 1876 were being told how to behave.
Connections to Frameworks:
History: Learning Standard 2: Students will consider ideas and concerns expressed by individuals of the past that may differ from their own. Learning Standard 3: Students will understand the many kinds and uses of evidence, they will differentiate historical fact from historical interpretation. Learning Standard 5: Students will describe and explain the differing concepts of human nature and how literature can effect it. Learnig Standard 6: Students will use technology in researching history.
Language Arts: The study of poetry.
Activity Description: Using
the Internet to get the document students will read the story out loud in
class and then in small groups they will discuss and list the moral of the
story, how this moral is told, and how the illustations effect the story.
The class will come together and compare and contrast the lists.
Lesson Plan: Students will read the story off the Internet, or out loud in class. In small groups they will then discuss and list what they think is the moral of the story. Using both the print and the pictures they will explain how the story is told to readers and non-readers. The groups will come together and compare and contrast their lists and the chalkboard. Students will be asked what they think good morals and values are. Their list will be compared to lists from other contemporary sources like Miss Manners. Homework can be to write an essay on what do manners really matter?
"Here, Charlotte," said Mamma one day,
"These stockings knit, while I'm away;
And should you fail be sure you'll find
Mamma is strict, although she's kind."
But Charlotte took a lazy fit,
And did not feel inclined to knit:
And soon upon the ground let fall
needle, and worsted, hose, and all.
"I shall not knit," said she,"not I;
At least not now, but by and by;"
Then stretched, and yawned, and rubbed her eyes,
Like sluggards when 'tis time to rise.
But when Mamma came home, and found
The work a strewed upon the ground,
Quoth she "You will not knit, and so
To school barefoot you shall go."
This put poor Charlotte in a fright,
And though she knew it served her right,
She wept, and begged, and prayed; but still
She could not change her mother's will.
To school, where all were clean and neat,
Poor Charlotte went with naked feet.
Some showed their pity, some their pride,
While Charlotte hid her face and cried.
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