The American Puritan Tradition and Dilemma: Part I

Jonathan Edwards' "Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God" and Anne Bradstreet's "Upon the Burning of Our House" provide learners with an opportunity to develop their close reading skills. Groups identify the figurative language and appeals the writers use to express their beliefs on a similar theme. As a culminating activity, individuals craft a comparative essay. The packet includes detailed instructions for the activities, handouts, an essay model, rubric, and links to the literary works. The first in a three-lesson unit that explores how different American writers view the issues of individual freedom and tolerance.

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CCSS: Designed

  • Asking learners to compare how two authors express similar ideas is great practice for the AP Literature exam
  • Step-by-step instructions for all the activities are included
  • Links to all required materials are included in the lesson

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