Mars One Close Read - Compare and Contrast

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SWBAT compare and contrast the colonization of the American Colonies with the plan to colonize Mars.

Big Idea

In this lesson, we will analyze the similarities and differences between colonizing the American Colonies and planning to colonize Mars.


Colonize? What Does That Mean?

15 minutes

In the previous lesson, we discussed the vocabulary terms which were unfamiliar to the students in the article  "Reality Series From Lionsgate TV & Roy Bank To Chronicle Mission To Colonize Mars."  One of the unfamiliar terms that came up in our class discussion was "colonize." I asked the students to try an think of another situation in which this word was used. I was surprised at the fact that none of the students had heard the term used before. This led to the idea of comparing and contrasting the colonization of the American colonies with the idea of colonizing Mars.  This will allow me to more effectively explain the term of colonization as well as give the students some experience with the history of our own country. Will also allow the students the opportunity to interpret the information read in our article as well as information will read today on the colonization of the American colonies and compare and contrast how each situation is unique and similarities they share.

To begin a lesson today, we will start by exploring the word colonize. We'll take a look at the definition in the dictionary and generate our own explanations of the word as a class.

Andreeva, N. (March 12, 2014). Reality Series From Lionsgate TV & Roy Bank To Chronicle Mission To Colonize Mars. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 24, 2014.

American Colonization

30 minutes

Now that the students have a basic understanding of what it means to colonize an area, we will read the 13 colonies and determine the differences and similarities between colonizing America and colonizing Mars.

The book will be reading is called "We the People: The Thirteen colonies" and Marc Tyler Nobleman.  This book was available in our school library.  I will project the book using our document camera so that the students and I can read through the text together as a class.

As we read, I will encourage the students to explore the similarities and differences between colonizing America and colonizing Mars by creating a Venn Diagram on their whiteboards.

Nobleman, T. (2002). We the People: The Thirteen Colonies. Minneapolis, MN : Compass Point Books.

Partner Compare and Contrast

20 minutes

In this section of the lesson students will combine what they have read on both the Mars one project and colonizing America in order to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the two colonization projects.

I will have students work in pairs for this project. They will form a Venn diagram by drawing two overlapping circles with the American colonies on one side and the Mars one project on the other side. The similarities between the two projects will go where the circles overlap and the differences will be on the outside of the circles.

Partner Presentations

10 minutes

To wrap up the lesson, I will have each partnership choose a similarity and the difference between the colonization of America and the Mars One colonization project.  One partner will present the difference and one partner will present the similarity to the rest of the class. This will give the students the opportunity to hear ideas from other students that maybe they were unable to come up with on their own.

After each partnership has presented, I will ask the students to look through their charts for ideas that we may not have discussed yet. Will then as a class discuss any ideas that were left unmentioned which will give us a good way to sum up today's lesson.