A Moveable Feast: 11th American Literature/Composition

11th American Literature/Composition Winter 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008: Responding to Equiano August 19, 2008

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Take a look at this great website about Equiano: http://school.discovery.com/schooladventures/slavery/equiano.html . Click on each of the links on the timeline to find out more about each phase of his life.

equinao.jpgequinao.jpgAfter you reflect on the excerpt you read tonight and the information you have explored at the website above, share your reactions to his work and his life. What stands out to you? What seems important? Why do you think we still study Equiano in 2008? What important lessons can be learned by reading and studying Equiano’s life?

Share your ideas, reactions, and reflections in a thoughtful and well-written paragraph of 10-12 sentences.


Monday, August 18, 2008: Responding to Thomas Paine August 18, 2008

Filed under: Unit 2 Revolutionary Period Unit — Buffy J. Hamilton @ 11:33 pm
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Tonight we read the excerpt from The Crisis, No.1. What techniques of persuasion did he use in this writing to convince his audience of his position?

  • Identify at least three devices he uses (hyperbole, imagery, allusion, analogy, rhetorical question) and provide an example of each one in our reading to argue his position; be sure to cite the page number of each example.
  • Do you feel his techniques are effective? Why or why not?
  • Do you think this piece of writing is as stirring or persuasive as the one we read by Patrick Henry last night? Why or why not?

Respond in a thoughtful and reflective paragraph of 10-12 sentences.


Thursday, August 14, 2008: Responding to Patrick Henry August 15, 2008

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What was Henry’s purpose in this speech? Who was his audience? Were his words appropriate for his audience? Why or why not? What were some of the rhetorical questions that Henry used? What purpose do rhetorical questions serve in a speech? What were some of the literary allusions he used in this speech to persuade his audience that America had to fight for independence?

If you had been a member of the Virginia Convention listening to his speech, would you have been swayed by his arguments? Why or why not? What is your gut-level reaction to this speech?

In two paragraphs, respond to each set of questions. Write a paragraph of 8-10 sentences for each set of questions, please.


Who Is More Persuasive?

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008: Responding to Ben Franklin August 13, 2008

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After you have completed the readings for Benjamin Franklin, consider the aphorisms we read tonight in the excerpt of Poor Richard’s Almanack on pp. 134-335 in our textbook.

1.  Choose three aphorisms that stood out to you and relate why/how you relate to these sayings. 

2.  Share your ideas in a paragraph of 8-10 sentences.

If you would like to know more about Franklin, visit our favorite websites and database resources at http://del.icio.us/hamilton_11th/benjamin.franklin ; see me for passwords if you need those.


Poll: The Value of Freedom August 12, 2008

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Unit 2: Thinking About Freedom (Tuesday, August 12, 2008)

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Consider these questions:

  • How would you define freedom?  What is it?  What is it NOT?
  • Do you believe freedom is worth risking one’s life?  Why or why not?
  • Why do you think some people embrace freedom while others fear freedom? 
  • Do you think that Americans today value freedom as much as the colonists did in the late 1700s?  Why or why not?

Consider these questions carefully and thoughtfully.  Share your thoughts and responses to these questions in a reflective paragraph of 10-12 sentences.  Provide specific reasons to support your ideas.