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An Interactive Adaptation for All Ages

Mark Wilensky

Format: Paperback, 216 pages
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1932714-36-4
eBook: 978-1-61121-028-6
On Sale: March 2008

Activities, glossary, answer key, original illustrations, photos, graphics, bibliography, and index

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Table of Contents


The Interactive “Printing Press”

Thomas Paine: A Brief Biography

Some Important Events Leading to Common Sense

A Simplified Look at England’s Government in 1775


Common Sense (adapted version)

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4


Section II: Commerce in the Colonies

Chapter 5: Coins in the Colonies

Chapter 6: Mercantilism and Pocket Change

Chapter 7: What’s the Deal With Early American Printing?


Section III: Parchment in the Colonies

Chapter 8: The Quartering Act

Chapter 9: The Boston Port Act (adapted & original text)

Chapter 10: The Olive Branch Petition (adapted & original text)

Chapter 11: A Proclamation, by the King, for Suppressing Rebellion and Sedition (adapted and original text)


Section IV: Fourteen Activities for the Classroom, or Just for Fun!

Guided Reading Questions for Thomas Paine’s Common Sense Timeline, Introduction, and Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Book Club Questions for Common Sense

Rattle Watch King George II Activity

A Regal Response: A Letter to Tom Paine

The Closing of the Port: Cause & Effect Inference Activity

Persuasive Writing Nugget Hunt Activity

Fact or Opinion Activity

1776 Government Vocabulary Sort

Should the King Declare War Activity

Write Your Own “Common Sense” Pamphlet

The British Invasion of New York 1776. A Math Activity

Design the First Coin

National Park Webquest (Pre-1776)

Venn Diagram: Compare & Contrast


Section V: Thomas Paine in the British Press

British Cartoons About Thomas Paine


Appendix: Thomas Paine’s Common Sense (original text)


Answer Key





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