Harpers Ferry Letters

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Scholars write letters as if they were someone who heard the story of John Brown's raid. The resource, a standalone, covers information from primary sources that is important to West Virginian history: the Harpers Ferry Letters.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Differentiate for English learners by allowing them to work in groups
  • Flip the lesson by assigning the letter writing portion as homework
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires access to devices with Internet connection 
  • 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
  • Teaches middle and high schoolers about the subjectivity of history and primary sources 
  • Builds writing skills, media literacy, and the ability to analyze multiple points of view
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