"Yonder skies have wept tears of compassion ..." This opening line from a speech attributed to Chief Seattle (1854) is an accessible informational text when introducing students to the rhetorical analysis essay. The packet includes a complete lesson, audio links, the text, a color coded reading key, a handout for struggling readers and writers, a teaching and feedback presentation and three scored student samples. For students taking the AP English Language exam, the prompt provides excellent practice. For American Literature or American history students, the lesson enables students to study a historical event with some mystery behind it.
Key words: informational text, AP Language, rhetorical analysis, speech, Native American, historical document, Realism