AP Lang: The Declaration of Independence, Day 4

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: Finish reading Anthem if you have not already. Then review the AP Essay Rubric for your in-class essay today.

Work Session:

Grab a sheet of paper and write a pseudonym (a fake name) at the top. You’re going to write a different pseudonym on every essay, and these can be anything you’d like (I used to write World of Warcraft characters on mine when I was in high school, but you do you). You will NOT put your real name down.

Your prompt for this essay is:

Write an essay in which you defend or challenge Jefferson’s characterization of the “self-evident truths” that he proclaims. (In other words, do you think the truths really are self-evident? What does that even mean? Why are they / are they not self evident?) Use evidence from your reading, observation, or experience to develop your position.

You will have 40 minutes to work on this essay, then I’ll collect them and redistribute, and we will grade them together as a class.

You’ll have ten minutes to read the essay and assign it a grade, then we will discuss!

 

Closing Session:

IDK if you know, but there’s also multiple choice questions on the AP Test! So we’re going to close out the day today by doing some practice multiple choice questions and then going over them as a class 🙂

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

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolded questions)

Homework: Read 20 minutes in your Free Choice book; finish the AP selected response questions if you didn’t in class.

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