Jordan/Benvenga English 11

Sept. 19th – 5 Sentence Paragraph due from our trip to the Crook County Museum. Students must write in complete sentences and include a topic sentence. Students will use Inspiration to brainstorm their ideas for creating a commercial for their assigned location. Devils Tower group has a phone interview with the park superintendent at 2 pm.

Sept 20th – Students will continue to brain-storm while the rest of the class is enjoying an art field trip.

Sept. 21st – Students will begin writing their script for their commercials during the class period. 

Sept. 22nd – Students will work on their commercial scripts and hand in a rough draft or outline (can be from their brainstorm session in Inspiration).


Objective: To set the framework for a short project-based lesson on selling colonial America, students will create a short commercial on their assigned “colony.” (SL.11-12.5) Making strategic use of digital media in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

Tuesday, Sept. 12.-- Students will watch a portion of a video from: The Story of Us about the Virginia Colony and the Plymouth Colony to help build their understanding of the hardships of early colonial life. Video is set up on the computer attached to the TV via HDMI cord. Mr. Benvenga will ask questions & answer students’ questions to check/guide student understanding. Mr. Benvenga will hand out the “Selling Colonial America” rubric and worksheet. Discussion to follow. If time allows students will watch a “Pure Michigan” commercial, as an example of what they are to create. (The link to the Pure Michigan commercial is here) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DuFujGCswU 

Wednesday, Sept. 13 – Students will work in their small groups on the Selling Colonial America project to complete their worksheets. They will brainstorm ideas that they will want to include in their commercials and if they are ready they will start writing a script for their commercials.

Thursday, Sept. 14 – Students will continue working on their project and prepare to record their commercials. 


There is a quiz on Friday, Sept. 1st, over these words. Prepare for it by using the worksheets you completed in class to review.
















John Smith is famous for his role in establishing Jamestown, VA, the first permanent English settlement in North America, as well as his time with Indian princess, Pocahontas.

Watching this video will help students understand the group dynamics of the settlers and help build background understanding of establishment of the Jamestown Colony in Virginia.

Captain John Smith