The lesson ends with a focus on a summary writing skills. Students are asked to summarize the Dred Scott case by writing a newspaper article as a journalist in 1857. Before writing the article, students complete an outline that they will refer back to when writing their summary. The outline serves as a guide for the summary writing process. It includes all the necessary information students will need to write an effective summary:
- Who is Dred Scott?
- Where did Dred Scott live?
- What did Dred Scott try to do to get his freedom? When?
- Why did he think he could win?
- What was the outcome?
After completing the outline, it is time for students to showcase what they have learned over the course of the lesson. If students did an adequate job addressing the questions contained in the outline, they should be able to identify the main idea and summarize the events in a concise newspaper article. I provide students with a newspaper article template that includes space for them to include their own unique newspaper name, article title, and illustration. The finished product serves as a great tool for assessing the lesson objective. It also looks great hanging up in the classroom!