1) The students will define accurately terms having to do with Puritan beliefs in order to have a better understanding of the experience of Anne Hutchinson.
2) The students will summarize the key events that led to the trial and banishment from Massachusetts of Anne Hutchinson.
3) The students will Draw inferences, conclusions, or generalizations about text and support them with textual evidence and prior knowledge.
1) The teacher will begin the class by quoting some statistics. 1) In 2011 68% of high school graduates enrolled in college. 2) Of the students who enroll in college only 55% graduate. So roughly 35% of high school graduates get college degrees. The teacher will then ask the class if they desire to attend college. Follow up this question by asking the students what type of things they could do to ensure they are successful in graduating both high school and college. Have the students make a list of strategies they could use or things they could do to make themselves more likely of being successful. Have the students share their strategies for being academically successful. When all ideas have been shared the teacher will tell the students that the ideas they shared were meaningless because only certain people would be selected to graduate from college and the quality and amount of work they did didn’t matter. The government would determine who graduated from college and who didn’t and that no matter how hard they tried their efforts would have no effect on their success. Let the students share their ideas about your statement. When the discussion is over be sure to explain that what you said was not true and that effort does matter, but that you started this discussion to have the students experience similar feelings to those of the Puritans who believed in predestination.
2) Assign the Anne Hutchinson Vocabulary Work Sheet. The majority of these terms can be defined by reading the “Background” section of the website listed as #1 in the “Linkable Resources Section of this lesson plan. The rest can be found at dictionary.com. The teacher may also choose to give the students the definitions as notes and discuss each. These terms provide background information necessary to understand the story of Anne Hutchinson.
3) The students will then read brief biographies of Anne Hutchinson from the websites listed as numbers 2 & 3 in the “Linkable Resources” Section of this lesson plan.
1) The final assignment will be for the students to create a research project in the form of a paper or a presentation, in which they will summarize the key events that led to the
Having the students delve deeper into the Puritan beliefs as they were applied in the Massachusetts Bay Colony could extend this lesson. Some examples of this could be an examination of the Blue Laws, or investigation into the Salem Witch Trials.
First United Parish Church
The Antinomian Controversy
Anne Hutchionson: A Brief Biography
Anne Hutchinson on Wikipedia
More on Anne Hutchinson
The Trial of Anne Hutchinson
Anne Hutchinson on Sparticus
Anne Hutchinson at Harvard
Credits: Robert McClelland, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, developed this lesson.