Age of Reason & The American Revolutionary War Curriculum Unit

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This American Revolutionary Literature Unit is common core aligned with detailed lesson plans included for easy day by day instructions!

The unit includes 9 Power Points, 11 handouts, and a unit test.
The Power Points cover the following:

The causes of the American Revolution-This information should simply be review for all eleventh grade students. However, we discuss the causes to ensure students understand the speeches that will be read regarding this historical event.

An introduction to the Age of Reason-Students needs to understand the evolution of literature and the corresponding birth of our nation. As students listen to the information provided, they will easily see how the change in ideas and values spurred so many educated colonists to cry for independence.

Rhetoric according to Aristotle – It is also during this time period when many speeches were given as a way to rally support for independence. Students need to understand what makes many of these speeches so persuasive thus a bit of ancient history is required.

Samuel Adam’s American Independence – This excerpt is read to give students an idea of how ethos, pathos, and logos are utilized and what affect each has on the speech and the listeners.

Patrick Henry’s Speech to the Second Virginia Convention –An awesome speech that can pump up even the most apathetic student. With this speech, I allow my students to view the YouTube video so students hear the passion of Henry that resonates with listeners even today.

Thomas Paine’s Crisis No. 1 – Another wonderful speech that really gives students a strong dose of pathos to help them understand how the militia were able to defeat such a strong, professional British army.

Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence – True, most students find this document quite boring yet we read it as a requirement of Common Core and because it is an important piece of historical literature. Students do enjoy writing their own declarations against homework though!

Elizabeth Cady’s Declaration of Sentiments-This is optional. I enjoy teaching it to further allow students to understand gender expectations during this time.

Students will be introduced to rhetorical devices such as pathos, ethos, and logos. There are also discussion questions and activities included.

One of my students’ favorite activities for this unit is the student debate. Students love to argue! The assignment is included!

***Please note that the literature used in this unit is based on the Glencoe "American Literature" book.

***ALL COPIES OF THE HISTORICAL LITERATURE HAS BEEN ADDED TO AID THOSE WITHOUT THE GLENCOE TEXTBOOK.

THIS UNIT CAN BE TAUGHT WITHOUT THE USE OF THE TEXTBOOK!
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Age of Reason & The American Revolutionary War Curriculum Unit
Age of Reason & The American Revolutionary War Curriculum Unit
Age of Reason & The American Revolutionary War Curriculum Unit
Age of Reason & The American Revolutionary War Curriculum Unit