This assignment is a fun way to approach the difficult sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Jonathan Edwards. It uses teenagers' interest in tattoos to involve them in analysis of symbolic imagery in the sermon and the emotional appeal they add to arguments. It also makes them laugh because we can talk a little about how much trouble a Puritan would get in if they came home with a tattoo!
Students read the text and analyze the argument of the sermon and the importance of the emotional appeal to the effectiveness of the spoken sermon. Then they close read the sermon focusing on symbolic imagery - including analysis of the meaning and emotional appeal of the symbols, as well as their relationship to the overall message of the sermon. Finally, students have to create a cohesive, representation (a tattoo) of a major message from the text using the imagery of the author in the design.
Teacher guide and rubric for tattoo included.
This lesson addresses the following ELA Common Core standards: Reading Informational Texts standards 1,2, 6, and 8
Speaking and Listening standards 1 and 3
Language standard 5
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