Thursday, September 14, 2017
What Kind of Person was Noah Webster?
Third grade teachers, have you ever had a discussion with your students that historical figures were real people, with likes and dislikes like the rest of us?
Consider for a moment Noah Webster, who is known for writing the first dictionary of English as used by Americans.
NOAH WEBSTER'S FIGHTING WORDS by Tracy Nelson Maurer gives a sense of what kind of person Noah Webster was. Here is a sample: "He argued in speeches....He argued at dinners. Noah argued A LOT."
Here is an idea for a classroom exercise. Your class is having dinner with Noah Webster. What kind of conversation would they have?