- 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!
- 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:
- Your topic must address a theme in Charlotte Temple that represents the emergent ideas of freedom in a young American nation.
- 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:
- Which characters in Charlotte Temple connect to the theme I've chosen?
- What scene(s) in particular demonstrate the conflict inherent to my theme?
- 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!