Famous Father Kino

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SWBAT read and compare two texts about the same famous Arizona missionary Father Kino gathering facts from both to write an informative response.

Big Idea

Father Kino is a famous Arizona figure who is our representative statue in Washington DC, but who was he? Students will learn about him and write about why they think he is our representative.

What Makes You Famous?

2 minutes

To begin I will simply ask, "What makes you famous?" Students will have the opportunity to brainstorm and shout out all of the ways people become famous. I will have a few students write them onto the white board as a web. I will them bring up what historical figures might be historically famous and why. With all of the work we have done with Martin Luther King, I hope they make that connection at least. 

It will then be time to share with them the famous figure they will read and write about, Eusebio Francisco Kino, otherwise known as Father Kino.


Reading Two Texts

20 minutes

To get the most out of reading and researching we need to use more than one source. We have talked about this throughout the year. Research needs to have more than one source and include your thoughts on the facts that you have learned. We have to connect the main points to write about the subject with the most information to demonstrate understanding. 

The two texts I have chosen come from our history book and one form a newspaper article that was written in a town close to where Father Kino did his missionary work. The book text, is a basic overview explaining to students who he was and what he did. In the article, the author is explaining to the reader why Father Kino was so important to Arizona and the people here. In doing so, the author is trying to plead the case for Father Kino to be anointed a saint. 

For he article, we are going to try to use the iPads to search for the article using a QR Code and then opening it in PDF reader app. They can then use the app to highlight key facts and details. To save paper, I would only run off enough for half of my students to read. They will share the text and practice writing notes and annotations on another sheet of paper. The way they might have to later on. 



From Notes to Artifact

15 minutes

It is now time to take our notes and turn them into a written response. The question I am going to ask is, "Why do you think that Father Kino is one of Arizona's most notable historical figures?" They will then write the response from their notes. They can use their annotations, article, iPads, and history book to write their response.