Activity Overview

John Smith had an important purpose in writing The General History of Virginia: to get more settlers to go to the New World. Have students think about somewhere they’d like others to visit. It could be a favorite city, vacation spot, country, landmark, etc. Have them create a storyboard that highlights the interesting qualities of the location, and persuades readers to go check it out! Have students try to make the location sound as exciting as possible, much like John Smith did. (They can even exaggerate a little bit, for good measure, as a biased narrator!)

Persuasive Writing Example: Promoting Savannah, GA

Place: Savannah, Georgia
Reasons to Go: Savannah, GA is filled with interesting Southern culture, beautiful cobblestone streets, tons of old Southern history, and it has beautiful parks to visit. It’s also one of the most haunted cities in America. The people are lovely and welcoming, and the weather is warm!
Things to See: River Street, the Savannah River, the Savannah Historic District
Important Landmarks: Forsyth Park, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Bonaventure Cemetery
Important People: Dianna Agron (Actress), Johnny Mercer (Songwriter), Juliette Low (Founder of The Girl Scouts)
Interesting Facts: Home of the Savannah College of Art and Design; the famous bench from Forrest Gump is in Chippewa Square; the book and movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is based in Savannah; General Sherman had a hand in keeping Savannah from being burned during the Civil War; largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the country
Adventures/Tours: Take a ghost tour, a haunted pub crawl, an historical walking or bus tour, take a food tour, or even a photography tour!

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Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-10

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Modern Day Adaptations: Parody and Satire

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/4] Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically

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