Activity 5B: Role Play Writing Assignment

Students will have a writing assignment in which they take the role of a specific person.

Standard: Strand 1: American History

Grades 6-8

Concept 1: Research Skills for History

PO 4. Formulate questions that can be answered by historical study and research

PO 5. Describe the differences between a primary and secondary source documents

PO 6. Determine the credibility and bias of primary and secondary sources

Grade 7

Concept 7. Emergence of the Modern United States

PO 5 c. Analyze the impact of industrialization on the United States - Unions

High School

Concept 1: Research Skills for History

PO 3. Formulate questions that can be answered by historical study and research

PO 5. Evaluate primary and secondary sources

a. author's main points

b. purpose and perspective

c. facts vs. opinions

d. different points of view on same historical event

e. credibility and validity

Concept 7: Emergence of the Modern United States

PO 1: Analyze how the following aspects of industrialization transformed the American economy beginning in the late 19th century:

d. Labor movement (e.g., Bisbee Deportation)



Have students take one of the following roles to complete the writing assignment: a child whose father is deported, a wife of a deported miner, a vigilante, a miner who is not striking, a deported miner, a mine owner, or Sheriff Wheeler.

Using facts and information gathered from documents on the Bisbee Deportation Website students will be assigned one of the following:

a.  Write a letter to the editor supporting or condemning the deportation using facts and information to support the viewpoint.

b.  Write a letter to a favorite relative who lives in New York recounting the events of July 12, 1917 in Bisbee.

c.  Draw posters or cartoons to support your viewpoint about the deportation.

d.  President Woodrow Wilson sent a commission to report to him about what happened in Bisbee. Write an eye-witness account of what happened to you on July 12, 1917 for the members of the commission.

Remind students they are doing their project from the viewpoint of an assigned character.

Sources to Consult

Historic Overview
Who's Who
The Truth about Bisbee
Deportations from Bisbee
Recollections of a Bisbee Deportee: Still on Strike!
Miriam E. Tefft, Last of the Vigilantes. Tefft's recollections as a 15-year-old girl in Bisbee.
Excerpts from a letter. A letter written by George Medigovich to Clare Ellinwood giving his memories of the Bisbee Deportations in 1917.
Mrs. Anna Payne's witness statement to the Arizona Attorney Genreal, August 1917.