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Young scholars 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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
In this Freethinkers Day learning exercise, 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.
High schoolers 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.
Explore the Declaration of Independence in this US History lesson. Middle schoolers compare and contrast viewpoints of the Loyalists and the Patriots as they discuss the issue of colonial independence from Britain. They present support for both groups using a debate format, and then they come to a consensus about how the signing of the Declaration of Independence was a positive step in US history.