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Common Sense: Prove It! Primary Source Analysis

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This handout is meant to analyze one of the most influential writings in American history: Thomas Paine's Common Sense

This is a different approach to asking students to summarize a primary source, which can be a challenge for some. Instead of students doing the summarizing, they are given a statement that they must prove by finding the exact words within an abridged version of Common Sense. The handout instructs them to write the line number and copying the words from the source.

After they have cited the evidence, they answer 5 thinking questions to further broaden their understanding of Common Sense.

An answer document is included.

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