Good Day!


  • Freewrite/prompt - Where would you prefer to live? New England or Virginia. Give economic, political, and social reasons.
  • Turn in summary/poem/song/rap on Sections III and IV of Common Sense (RW#2-counts as Reading and Writing grade)
  • Continue applying Benjamin Franklin's writing process to Common Sense
  • Purpose: To facilitate reading, writing, and understanding, we will learn to summarize an essay and then rewrite the argument.

Thomas Paine

A Renegade of his time and age...

     "Now renegades are the people with their own philosophies 
     They change the course of history 
     Everyday people like you and me 
     We're the renegades we're the people 
     With our own philosophies 
     We change the course of history 
     Everyday people like you and me" - "Renegades of Funk"

Applying Benjamin Franklin's Writing Process to Common Sense

"Extremely ambitious" to become a good writer, young Franklin made the Spectator the tutor he never had: he read an essay, abstracted it, and then rewrote the argument from the abstract, to see if he could improve on the original. To make his prose more lyrical, he then turned the essays into poetry, and back again" (The Story of America 50).

Group Activity

  • In groups of 3, compare summaries, poems, songs, and raps of Section III and IV. Then collaborate to create one document that rewrites Paine's Common Sense.

Homework - Tuesday February 19: