• Think about what issues you've chosen (from Monday's homework) in Charlotte Temple and how they are reflected in America today.
  • Freewrite about it when I give you the cue!

Topic Ideas

  • Selecting a good topic may not be easy. It must be narrow and focused enough to be interesting, yet broad enough to find adequate information.
  • You'll be exploring your topics more as you apply them to the Rhetorical Analysis, so you may find later in the process that you have a particular interest that you can narrow the topic down to, but for now you should be considering how your topic can accomplish two specific things:
  1. Your topic must address a theme in Charlotte Temple that represents the emergent ideas of freedom in a young American nation.
  2. Your topic must address how those ideas of freedom have changed (and/or not changed) in today's society.
  • In order to accomplish the second task, you'll need to identify an example of how your particular variety of freedom has been contested or challenged.
    • For the next few minutes, I'd like you to do some basic hunting for those kinds of examples.
    • You'll post your results to your wiki page, and I will collect them into a group catalog for class reference!
  • To begin your search, I'd like for you to do some investigation using Google...but not regular Google; you'll be using Google Scholar!

Applying Themes to the Rhetorical Analysis

  • Next, you'll need to ask yourself some questions about your findings:
  1. Which characters in Charlotte Temple connect to the theme I've chosen?
  2. What scene(s) in particular demonstrate the conflict inherent to my theme?
  3. What does Rowson appear to be saying about this theme?
  • If you haven't read beyond the first volume of Charlotte Temple yet, you may need to read further in order to answer these!
  • As you compose your draft for homework, try to answer these questions as you go.


Complete a draft for peer review

  • This draft should explore your ideas about freedom by:
    • Demonstrating at least two specific examples of rhetorical devices in Charlotte Temple.
    • Addressing the larger metaphor of American values that Charlotte's 19th century audience may have perceived.
  • This draft does not have to have:
    • An intro or conclusion
    • Good grammar
    • Fully developed ideas (especially if you haven't finished the book yet)
  • This draft does have to have:
    • A specific reference to freedom
    • Something that demonstrates change over time (think about the relevance of the topics you thought of today!)
  • You should upload your draft to your wiki page so that I can look it over as you peer review Friday!
    • Use the [[Attach:documentname.doc|Rhetorical Analysis Draft]] code on your wiki, then click on it to upload.
    • Please double check your upload (from a different computer, if you can) to be sure that it works!