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Objectives:

  • Freewrite/prompt -Explain the differnces between Virginia and New England with regards to governmemnt and power.
  • Turn in 50-word summary on Chapter 4 - "The Age of Paine" (RW#1-counts as Reading and Writing grade)
  • Thomas Paine - Renegade of his time and place
  • 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...

  • I love that Afrika Bambaataa and Rage Against the Machine name-drop Thom Paine as a renegade.
    "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).

Individually, we will apply one of Franklin's two processes to Common Sense:

  • Read the first page of Common Sense, abstract/summarize the section, then rewrite Paine's argument.
  • Read the first page of Common Sense, create a song, rap, or poem that summarizes the section, then rewrite Paine's argument.

Homework - Thursday February 14:

  • History Read: Common Sense
  • Composition Read: Common Sense
  • Seminar Write 1 summary/poem/rap on Sections III and IV of Common Sense (RW#2-counts as a Reading and Writing grade)