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A Lesson on The First Flag Grade: Grade 3
Subject: English Language Arts
Created by: Victor Polo
Lesson Length: 45 minutes
Keywords/Tags: seamstress, independence.
Lesson Description: Students should be able to recognize and explain the time when the story was written. what is the significance of the flag explain the feeling of the writer.
Common Core Standards Covered with This Lesson
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2: Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3: Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
Lesson Content: Reading
Instructions: Please read the following reading passage as many times as needed (aloud and silent) before starting to go through other lesson pages. Understanding the content of this passage is very important since the lesson activities will be all about this content. Feel free to print the passage if needed.

The First Flag

It had been a busy day. I helped Betsy Ross. I am a seamstress. I can sew well. We were tired from sewing. Betsy Ross made her living by sewing for people. She sewed many things. She sewed clothes. She sewed curtains. Every day she would start with a pile of cloth and end with things people needed. Everyone knew she would do a good job. So they came to her home and asked her to sew for them. She hired me to help. 

One day three men came to her home. They asked her if she could make a flag. I listened to them talk. One of them was named George Washington. I had heard of him. There he was. He came to the store in May. I remember it well because it was my birthday. He was leading the army. The army did not have a flag. The army was fighting for freedom. No one knew if we would win. 

They showed Betsy Ross a drawing. It was for the flag of the new country. It had stars. It had stripes. It would have stripes and stars. I said, “Silver stars would be good.” Betsy said, “No. It will be too hard to make. It should be red, white, and blue.” So we set to work that day. 

We worked on the flag for the next month. It would be very big. We had to do other work, too. She said we have to make more clothes to get money. We’re doing the flag as a present. We would not be paid for the flag. It would be a present. 

Finally the flag was ready. George Washington sent someone to get it. He opened it up and said, “This is it. This is just what we need to inspire the army.” He did not show it anyone yet, though. He kept it for a special day. 

On July 4th, the army flew the new flag. That was the first Independence Day. On that day the United States said it was a new country. It had a new flag. We were not there. But we heard about it later. 

The army had to fight more battles. Just saying they were independent did not make it true. The war went on for 7 more years. We worried. We made more flags. In all those battles, soldiers saw that flag. Still, it was hard to win. 

When the war ended, the country started. I was proud when I saw the flag. I didn’t just make a flag. I was part of making the United States. 

Task 1: Vocabulary Activity (40 points)
Instructions: Please complete the following vocabulary activity by choosing the correct meaning of each word selected from the passage and use of each word correctly in a sentence.

Vocabulary Questions

Word/Phrase: Independence | Tier: 2 | Points: 40
Q1 What does independence mean?
A. the ability of being able to fly a flag
B. the idea of wining a war
C. the state of wanting or being able to do things for yourself and make your own decisions, without help or influence from other people. *
D. the act of requesting permissions to do something

According to the passage "On July 4th, the army flew the new flag. That was the first Independence Day. What does Independence mean in the sentence?
A. the ability to fly a flag
B. another word for an Army unit
C. is a condition of a nation, country, or state, in which residents and population, or some portion thereof, exercise self-government, and usually sovereignty, over its territory. *
D. The name of the person who help to sew the flag

Standards Covered with This Lesson Activity: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4,
Task 2: Discussion Activity (30 points)
Instructions: This discussion forum will have questions for students to respond. Read the posted questions, and respond to each. Students are responsible for posting one initial and and two peer responses for each topic.

Why do you think Betsy Ross chose Red, White, and Blue to make the flag?

Why do you think George Washington didn't show the flag to anyone right away? 

What do you think the narrator meant when she said "I didn't just make a flag. I was part of making the United States.

  Topic Title Replies

Message what do you think the narrator meant when she said "I didn't just make a flag............
What do you think the narrator meant when she says "I didn't just make a flag. I was part of making the United States" Explain what she meant by this sentence and why.
Sent on: Sep 30, 2023 by: Victor Polo

Standards Covered with This Lesson Activity: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4,
Task 3: Writing Activity (30 points)
Instructions: You are to write and post here 500 words essay on ....What time period do you think this story took place? What part of The United States do you think they are from? and What do you think the narrator of the story felt so proud? Make sure to provide specific examples.
Standards Covered with This Lesson Activity: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.1,

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