AP Lang: The Declaration of Independence, Day 3

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. You’re probably getting close to finishing at this point, and if you do, just switch to reading your Free Choice book in class.

Work Session:

Yesterday in class you wrote your own Declaration of Independence. Today, I would like for you to get with one partner (if we have an odd number, we can do one group of 3) and trade papers. Take five minutes or so to read your partner’s essay. Then, we’re going to spend ten or fifteen minutes doing a peer critique. Take a moment to jot down some notes and feedback for your partner. Consider the things we saw Rand change in the facsimile edition of Anthem. I’ll pass around some post-it notes so you don’t have to write on your partner’s paper. Once you’ve written some notes, I want you two to have a critical discussion about each others’ writing, and find some areas where you can improve or strengthen your Declaration.

After you’ve had a while to confer and then edit your own work, trade papers again with your neighbor. This time it’s not for a critique, but for a response. Consider how your partner has chosen to declare themselves independent, and then write a 1-2 paragraph response. Pretend you’re whomever is the target of your partner’s letter and respond to the grievances filed against you and your partner’s newly-declared independence.

You’ll have until just before the end of class to finish, when we will take some time to share 🙂

Closing Session:

Share out! Let’s have a couple partnerships share their declarations and responses with the class!

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

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolded questions)

Homework: Read 20 minutes in your Free Choice book; write a journal entry in which you pretend you’re King George III of England and write a response to Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence.

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