Common Sense and The American Crisis author Thomas Paine presented a variety of faces during the United States' early history: patriot, propagandist, hero, conspirator, criminal, and villain. This copy-ready ebook includes a 1,600-word informational text framing Paine’s literary works within the complexities and controversies of his personal experiences, a complementary reading strategy, two document-based-question activities based upon Common Sense and The American Crisis, and complete answer keys. The text and activities have been designed for students in grades 8 through 10. Implementing all materials requires approximately three traditional forty-minute class periods. Immerse your students in Paine’s real-life drama as well as his words.
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