The Mary Dyer Project: a scrapbook Objective



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The Mary Dyer Project: A Scrapbook

Objective: You will demonstrate understanding of skills taught this year – and previous years – by creating a Mary Dyer Scrapbook. You will also:

  • Synthesize information – take information from both American History and English to create a new way of looking at the information presented

  • Compare and Contrast to enhance both reading comprehension for English and content taught in American History

  • Use Non-linguistic representations (graphics, pictures) to demonstrate knowledge/comprehension

A scrapbook is a collection of mementos (souvenirs) and personal anecdotes meant to remember an occasion

Scenario: You are a big fan of Mary Dyer. You have followed her career from her early rabble-rousing with the Puritans to her eventual death for refusing to give up her Quaker faith. As a fan, you have kept a scrapbook keeping track of her ups and downs. Note: we are going to pretend there is plenty of access to materials and be creative when it comes to obtaining souvenirs and newspaper articles. (This is what I like to call “The Magical Land of 8th Grade Projects – Where All Things Are Possible.”)

Scrapbook Requirements:

  • Cover:

    • A picture/visual/symbol(s) that represents Mary Dyer

    • Title and Author (hint – you are the author)

  • Page 1:

    • A summary of the selection “The Silencing of Mary Dyer”

      • Create a graphic organizer for your own success but it is not necessary to include one in the scrapbook itself

    • A memento or souvenir that represents/sums up Mary’s Dyer’s life. Include a caption telling what the item is and why it is important. You can use an actual object or a picture of an object.

  • Page 2:

    • A map showing Mary’s most important journey. Print the map then:

    • A paragraph explaining why this trip is the most important journey of Mary’s life. Support this statement with two details from the text. Be sure to name the “to” and “from” locations somewhere in this paragraph.

    • Hint – YOU decide/conclude – which journey is the most important.

  • Page 3:

    • A Mary Dyer “Wanted” poster. Should include the following and be in paragraph form:

      • A reward amount

      • A picture

      • One character trait and four details that prove she has this trait

      • Consider the opposing point of view – and probably that of the printer. How might outsiders view Mary Dyer?

  • Page 4:

    • Two scenes (pictures) showing important events in Mary’s life. Think “stalker” for this one. Choose any two of the three settings/situations:

      • Bay Colony Puritan

      • Rhode Island member

      • Quaker

    • Caption for each picture telling:

      • the event

      • why it is important

  • Page 5:

    • As Mary Dyer’s biggest fan, you are very interested in her last words – so, you clipped/saved a last minute jailhouse interview. However, the author of the interview showed heavy bias (used “emotionally charged words”). In the magical land of 8th grade projects, you are the “ghost writer” for this interview and will show bias either for OR against Mary Dyer.

    • This interview can be written in paragraph form or as a “Q & A” (question and answer) format.

    • Your write up of the interview must include the following:

Include answers to at least three biased questions:

        • What would you like to be remembered for? Why?

        • What is the most important message you have for the people? Why is this message an important one?

        • How will the story of your life influence the course of American history?

        • How do you imagine your influence will be seen in the everyday lives of people in the year 2015?

Writing Expectations:

  • Neat and in ink – typed, handwritten, your choice of legible font (ok to make this look like it is from the 1600s)

  • Free from spelling/punctuation errors – again, it is ok to use “thee” and “thou” and “aforementioned” and other words that would make your scrapbook sound more authentic.

  • Remember how to punctuate titles! And direct quotes!

Map Expectations:

  • Color (different color for different areas, all one direction, neat, outlined with fine-tipped marker)

  • Label (significant places – names of colonies, towns, ports)

  • A little - - - (dot-dot-dot) on the map that shows Mary’s path. Little footsteps would be cute, too 

Picture/Symbol/Drawing Expectations:

  • Thorough – I can clearly tell the setting and characters

  • Neat – no regular pencil marks visible, good use of color

  • Pictures are self-created (if you feel as though you absolutely cannot draw a single straight line, see me)

  • I’m not looking for fantastic art (although if you are an artist, this is your chance!). I’ve seen some REALLY GREAT stick figures in my time as a teacher….

  • I AM looking for attention to detail, obvious effort, time well spent….

How You Will Be Graded:

Cover: 1 point

Page 1: 4 points – summary (see summary writing rubric)

2 points – memento/caption

Page 2: 2 points – map

2 points – paragraph (see short-answer rubric)

Page 3: 4 points – wanted poster (see extended-response rubric)

2 points – picture/reward amount

Page 4: 2 points – picture and caption

2 points – picture and caption

Page 5: 4 points – includes min. 3 direct quotes and answers three biased questions.

4 points – Overall neatness/attention to detail



Other: 4 points – conventions (spelling, punctuation, grammar)

TOTAL: 33/ points


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