“A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share the responsibility for upholding the common good.” — Barbara Jordan
Students will analyze various texts to determine how foundational documents use rhetorical devices to state the case for unity and/ or protecting individual rights.
HOW DO WE CREATE A UNIFIED NATION WHILE PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF EVERYONE? (Click for Infographic Summary of the Unit)
Purpose, Diction, Tone, Central Claim, rhetoric, rhetorical features, rhetorical devices, syntax, parallelism, premise, ethos, pathos, logos, counterclaim/counterargument,
TOOLS: Vocabulary Bank, Tone Words
Objective I: Identify and analyze CENTRAL IDEAS and Rhetorical Devices in EARLY AMERICAN PUBLIC DOCUMENTS.
a. Barbara Jordan Quote Analysis
b. “A New American Nation” p. 109-110 & “Democracy 4 Square Discussion“
c. Videos: “The Presidents: Jefferson Writes the Declaration of Independence” & Schoolhouse Rocks: Fireworks
II. Close Read and Compare ideas of government in “Declaration of Independence” and “The Constitution”
III: Post Reading: Compare and Contrast Summary & Says Means Matters
Objective 3: After participating in Learning Stations, students will be able to compare views of government depicted by foundational public documents in a formal presentation.
I. Pre-reading: Image Quick Analysis: Join or Die
II. Reading: Learning Stations
- “Speech to the Virginia Convention” by Patrick Henry
- “The Federalist No. 10” by James Madison
- Correspondence from Abigail Adams and John Adams
- “Petition to the Massachusetts General Assembly” by Prince Hall
- “To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth” by Phillis Wheatly
III. Post-Reading: Formal Debate or Presentation
Objective 4: Analyze the contributions of slave narratives to the tradition of democratic discourse in the United States.
I. Pre-reading: Image Quick Analysis
II. Reading: “The Autobiography of Olaudah Equiano,” by Olaudah Equiano (AKA Gustavus Vassa)
III. Post-Reading: “Did fear of Slave Revolts Drive American Independence” Socratic Seminar Evaluation Guide