Have students analyze a classic letter from Francis Pharcellus Church to young Virginia O'Hanlon on the credibility of Santa's existence!
Published in New York City's The Sun, this 1897 letter/editorial by Francis Church argues on one level for Santa's existence, while on a larger level, for the promotion and encouragement of childhood exploration and imagination. In this resource, I've provided sample annotations and analysis of this 1897 letter, a "dissecting the prompt" activity, a sample prompt written in the AP Lang rhetorical analysis framework, and an analytical verbs list.
This resource can act as a great review of rhetorical analysis before winter break!
Interested in other resources for the AP Lang classroom? See the units below:
5) The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass for AP Lang