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"Because it is my name!"
Have students analyze Arthur Miller's The Crucible for how characters manipulate language for their purposes! In this unit, I have compiled was has worked well for me and my students in the AP Lang classroom. Included are the following:
1) Pre-reading activities on Puritan writings, a speech by Joseph McCarthy, and discussion activities for Margaret Atwood's "Half-Hanged Mary"
2) Resources for analyzing a text for rhetoric, motifs, and character.
3) Close reading questions that can be used in a variety of ways.
4) Motif, word, and character analysis activities.
5) An essay with brainstorming activities and guides for writing introductions, thesis statements, and body paragraphs
6) A fun defense or prosecution of a character speech assignment
Please note -- as all discussion and free response questions are analytical in nature and meant for student analysis and exploration, there is no "answer key" for the question sets and activities. There are sample thesis statements, quote analysis, annotations, and assertions to guide students at various parts of the unit, but there are no specific "right" answers. The goal here is to have students evaluate evidence and use this evidence effectively in their responses -- like they will do on the AP exam :-)
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Mike (Lit Monster)
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