We can all agree that Sojourner Truth was an amazing person who endured the kind of cruelty we can only imagine. Reading her famous speech, “And Ain’t I a Woman” is a treat and a chance to almost hear deep Southern accent.
I have included literary terms for students to copy as well as argumentative terms for students to review.
In this lesson, students will analyze Truth’s speech to uncover the rhetorical devices used and her logical pattern of claim and counterclaim.
Students will then follow Truth’s pattern to write a personal speech of their own which will also need to have rhetorical devices.
For a homework assignment, students will be given two handouts that are two informational articles. Students are to read the articles and write a one page response explaining how Truth would react if she had read the articles.
The PowerPoint consists of ten slides and there are also two handouts included.