Content Goal: To be able to critically read, analyze, discuss, and write critically about the colonies rebellion against the British government. Additionally, view how Jefferson uses parallelism as a rhetorical literary device.
Social Goal: To be able to work efficiently (and on task) within teams.
Language Goals: understand and learn words such as parallelism, unalienable, usurpations, candid, perfidy, and magnanimity.
He is an American author, political scientist, and historian who likes to take a non-traditional approach to the learnings of United States history.
He feels that the traditional history books only tell one story.
Please note that we will be looking at Howard Zinn’s historical findings. They can be controversial. An important part of the study of English is being able to see all sides. Let’s use this as a means of discussion and analysis.
Revisit your first writing on freedom. After exploring your initial thoughts about freedom, reading the DOI, and reading Howard Zinn’s Tyranny is Tyranny , has your perspective on freedom changed? If so, please write how. If not, please write why you think the way you do.
TJ’s DOI is pretty heavy and charged. He talks about “unalienable rights” and objecting over “the establishment of absolute tyranny.” He claims that the colonists have done “every stage of these oppressions.”
Please find three statements of Jefferson that supports his claim that the king’s objective was “the establishment of absolute tyranny over the states.” Once you have found the three statements, please come up with a short paragraph similar to the one you did for T-Paine.
In simpler terms: find three quotes about TJ’s view on the king as an oppressor/tyrant. Then explain/argue/analyze the points.
In The Declaration of Independence , Thomas Jefferson asserts that King George has created an establishment of absolute tyranny in the states. He notes that, though living peaceably, the colonies were subject to threatening oversight, as the king “kept among us in times of peace standing armies without the consent of our legislature.”
Note: This is just one example sentence. Feel free to use the first sentence as your topic sentence.