Created By: Paul Hohulin, Centennial High School (Champaign, IL)
Content Area: U.S. History
Activity that Meets this Standard
Compare different stories about a historical figure or event and
analyze differences in the portrayals and perspectives they present.
16.A.4b: Compare competing historical interpretations of an event.
|Students will write summaries of the articles and evaluate the perspectives.|
The Great Awakening had an immense impact on colonial Americans. In this lesson students will look at some primary sources written by individuals during the Great Awakening. The primary sources deal with firsthand accounts of individual preachers and more generally with the Great Awakening movement as a whole. The accounts that the students will read will represent a number of different perspectives and portrayals of the movement. The perspectives will give a glimpse of the view of the New Lights (those who promoted religious revival) and the conservative Old Lights (those who criticized the movement and felt that common people were being led astray). Students will write summaries of the articles and evaluate the perspectives.
Students will read the accounts and take notes on their impressions of the writers' viewpoints. Students will answer the following questions and then write a summary of all the accounts: