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Common Sense

Pixton Lesson Plan on Common Sense

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Character Map
  • Poster

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings philosophy to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on Common Sense
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings philosophy to life with comics and storyboards.

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Common Sense

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Thomas Paine was born in England in 1737, moved to America in 1774, and died in 1809. He was a political philosopher who sparked public support for revolution and independence, promoting change through revolution, not reform. He argued for democracy and America’s immediate separation from England. As a class, read Thomas Paine's pamphlet, "Common Sense" (available online).

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • What do you know about Thomas Paine?
  • What do you know about the use of "pamphlets" during the colonial era?
  • What is "common sense"?
  • Why might Thomas Paine title his pamphlet, "Common Sense"?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Vocabulary

    Complete during and after reading.

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Summarize Main Idea

    Track main ideas throughout text and complete after reading.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Close Reading Quote Analysis

    Close read to paraphrase quotes during and after reading.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Character Map to illustrate Thomas Paine's beliefs, traits and famous quotations.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster to advertise an upcoming (fictional) event hosting a speech by Thomas Paine.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • What was Paine's view of democracy?
  • What was Paine's view of revolution?
  • How was Paine unique in his time?
  • How do Paine's views continue to influence America?
  • Do his ideas still influence modern ideologies, society and culture? Why or why not?
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Pixton Activity: Common Sense 1 Vocabulary

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

As a class, read Thomas Paine's pamphlet, "Common Sense" (available online).

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate the literal or symbolic meaning of at least four words from Common Sense:

  • Identify the word in the panel.
  • Write a detailed definition of the word as it is used in the text.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Vocabulary in "Common Sense" by Student

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Pixton Activity: Common Sense 2 Summarize Main Idea

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  • Storyboard

Intro

As a class, read Thomas Paine's pamphlet, "Common Sense" (available online).

Instructions

Create a Storyboard to summarize the main ideas and meaning of "Common Sense" in your own words:

  • Label the main idea in the panel title.
  • Summarize the main idea in your own words.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Common Sense 3 Close Reading Quote Analysis

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

As a class, read Thomas Paine's pamphlet, "Common Sense" (available online).

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to paraphrase at least two quotes in your own words:

  • Label the main idea in the panel title.
  • Restate the original quote.
  • Paraphrase each quote in your own words.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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