The Journey to Revolution: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

The words of "Common Sense" and Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death!" speech ring throughout history. Using excerpts from the famous pamphlet and speech, as well as a recorded reenactment of Henry's impassioned delivery, scholars explore the nuances of each patriot's argument. Activities include graphic organizers and an exercise that allows for a variety of options including writing and creating an illustration. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members work together to create a T-chart graphic organizer comparing "Common Sense" and Patrick Henry's most famous speech
  • Create a RAFT writing assignment to reflect on the message of each primary source
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners need some background on the events leading up to the American Revolution to understand the lesson
  • Graphic organizers scaffold primary source analysis
  • Primary sources are curated with vocabulary support
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