Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Age of Reason Rolls Forward

Last night, students were to read and take notes on the background information in the textbook, pages 13-18. Much of it reinforced the lecture information from the class PowerPoint, with some deeper implications and specific details surrounding the generalities.
Tuesday, students will read Thomas Jefferson's "Declaration of Independence" as a piece of literature, analyzing his writing style and specific techniques he used to 'make his point'. We will also examine the edits he made in the process, discussing why he made them, and how they changed the meaning of the document (on Wed.).
Following the small group work on the declaration on Wed., and our consequent discussion, students will read Benjamin Franklin's "The Autobiography" (such an original title, eh?). We will discuss many aspects, and have a possible pop quiz on the reading.

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