AP Lang: The Declaration of Independence, Day 2

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RI9 Analyze foundational U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features. For British Literature, American Literature, and Multicultural Literature use comparable documents of historical significance.

Learning Target: I can analyze the Declaration of Independence for its historical significance and context, as well as consider its rhetorical features, persuasiveness, and the narrative voice of the author.

Opening Session: Continue reading Anthem. For today’s journal entry, consider Equality and his relationship with Liberty. What effect does Liberty have on Equality’s growing sense of independence? Does she seem to push him or hold him back?

Work Session:

Back to the Declaration of Independence today! We’re in the textbook on page 235. Yesterday we read the Declaration and discussed the questions on 239.

Today, I want you to open to a fresh page in your notebook. You’re going to be writing your own Declaration of Independence. You can declare yourself independent of anything you feel beholden to; for example, your family, OHS, a team or club, whatever. I would like for you to follow the format of the original Declaration of Independence, where you write out a list of grievances and then declare yourselves independent of them.

You’ll have the rest of class to do this, and tomorrow you will be trading papers with a partner, so make this good!

 

Closing Session:

Grab your copy of Anthem and flip to the back where you’ll find the facsimile edition of the text. Read through a few pages and take some time to consider what Rand changed in the book, what she left alone, and why she made those decisions. You’ll be editing a paper tomorrow, so think hard about these decisions an author has to make!

Assessment: Formative (Vocabulary quiz and journal check on Friday)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolded questions)

Homework: Read 20 minutes in your Free Choice book; finish your Declaration if you did not do so in class.

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