- You should be at least halfway through Charlotte Temple at this point.
- Think about the practice analysis that you presented in class on Friday.
- The songs you presented demonstrated some American ideals, including some about relationships, gender roles, and independence.
- With these in mind, how would you describe or define the rights of women in America?
- Freewrite about the rights of American women!
- Now we're going to do a little more challenging analysis!
- This time, the "song" lyrics you're going to analyze are from an even more familiar author: Rowson's Poem
- First, read the poem individually. Take your time and look for specific things that she describes as the Rights of Women.
- Once you've had time to think about this on your own, we'll get into groups and describe these rights from particular perspectives!
- Group #1 will be examining the rights described in the poem from the perspective of 19th century men, like Montraville or Charlotte's father.
- Group #2 will be examining the rights described in the poem from the perspective of 19th century women, like LaRue or Charlotte.
- Group #3 will be doing the same, but from the perspective of modern men, and
- Group #4 will examine it from modern women's perspective.
- As you analyze this, try to answer the following questions:
- What emotional impact would this have on my group's audience?
- What political or ethical standpoint does this poem reflect?
- Why should or shouldn't my group's audience agree with, or be persuaded by, her rhetoric?
- What specific language from the poem demonstrates this?
- When we have about seven minutes left in class, we'll discuss these together!
- Read some more Charlotte Temple!
- While you read, consider what other topics are important to 19th-century Americans and how those topics are reflected in today's America.
- Consider what topics are most interesting to you and list your top three.
- Bring your three choices to class Wednesday!