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Common Sense: The Rhetoric of Popular Democracy
Students identify important arguments for independence made in Thomas Paine's Common Sense. They explain why these arguments helped persuade American colonists that independence was necessary. Students describe the importance of Common Sense in the movement toward revolution.
Lesson 2: Using Common Sense
Tenth graders explore the impact of Thomas Paine on the American Revolution. In this colonial America lesson, 10th graders analyze Common Sense and then paraphrase selected excerpts of the pamphlet. Students also respond to discussion questions based on Common Sense.
Common Sense Study Questions and Essay Topics
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about Thomas Paine's "Common Sense." Students may check some of their answers online.
Common Sense Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension learning exercise, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Thomas Paine's "Common Sense." Students may submit their answers to be scored.
The Declaration and Beyond
Students are explained that they are going to use a part of Thomas Paine's 1776 pamplet Common Sense as a starting point for exploring about argumentation, or persuasive writing. They are given a copy of the excerpt. Students discuss what Paine's overall argument is in the foregoing. They are asked whhere the excerpt Paine states opinions and where he states facts.
The Beginnings of Constitutional Government
Students examine excerpts of Thomas Paine's Common Sense. In this early American history lesson, students read Paine's pamphlet and analyze the information according the rubric provided.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, 6th graders read a factual passage about Thomas Paine, his Common Sense pamphlet, and his Rights of Man guide to Enlightenment Ideas and then answer multiple choice questions. Students answer 4 questions.
Moving Toward Independence
Eighth graders identify the reasons why colonists were fed up enough to want to break free of colonial rule and create their own government. They complete an in-dept analysis of the pamphlet Common Sense and it's role in fueling the colonists desire for their own free government.
Ideas Behind the Declaration of Independence
Students examine the causes of the Revolutionary War. Using the Declaration of Independence, they analyze how the ideas of John Locke helped shape the document. They use other primary source documents to compare the Declaration of Independence to Thomas Paine's "Common Sense".
Ideas That Shaped the Declaration of Independence
Fifth graders analyze the political ideas of John Locke and Common Sense. They discover how these were influential in the writing of the Declaration of Independence. Students highlight concepts common to all three documents and record them from memory on paper.
The Road to Democracy
Eleventh graders examine the road to the American Revolution. In this American Revolution lesson, 11th graders read Thomas Paine's works and identify the issues that the colonists had with the British government.
Deism: Paine and Jefferson Student Worksheet
In this Deism learning exercise, students read an article about the opinions of Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson. Students then respond to 12 short answer questions.
What is Rhetoric Anyways?
Rhetoric from Aristotle (logos, pathos, and ethos) to the rhetorical triangle (audience, speaker, subject) and SOAPSTone (speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, subject, tone) here’s a presentation about the art of rhetoric that will entertain as well as inform. Color-coded and concise, the slides are logically arranged, emotionally charged, and ethically appealing.
Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous by George Berkeley. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
For this Freethinkers Day worksheet, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, correct words, multiple choice, spelling, sequencing, scrambled sentences, writing questions, survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities on Freethinkers Day.
Religion and the Argument for American Independence
Students examine how religion affected arguments justifying American independence. They read and analyze primary source documents, and write an essay analyzing how Americans used religious arguments to justify revolution against a tyrant.
Road To Revolution
Students examine events that occurred and explore the differing sentiments between the British and American colonists in the years leading up to the American Revolution. They view and discuss a video on the events then analyze quotes from a variety of primary source documents.
Lesson: Allison Smith: What Are You Fighting For?
Trench art is a nontraditional art form created by soldiers in trenches during wartime. Artist Allison Smith connects her art to the American Revolution and the question: "What are you fighting for?" Kids examine her art, how it connects to The Declaration of Independence and Common Sense, and then they write a proclamation of their own.
Is It Hog Wash, or Not?
Students investigate pathogens that can be present in pork products and summarize the responsibilities of pork farmers in ensuring the safety of their products. They also investigate the affects of hog farming on the environment and communities.
The American Revolution: The Declaration and Beyond
Eleventh graders study the American Revolution. In this American History lesson, 11th graders write an essay that will ignite people in your community regarding one of the issues.