"Project on the Revolutionary Period"
Project on the Revolutionary Period The Revolutionary Period contains many writings that were meant to persuade the colonists that rebellion from England was a necessary action. These writings led to the American Revolution and the birth of our nation. Choose one of the following activities to present to the class. You may work alone or with a partner. If you choose to work with a partner, be sure that both of you are going to be in class to present on your assigned day. 1. Research a social protest, social awareness, or patriotic song from today or from the past. Examples that you may use include “Born in the USA,” “Dear Mr. President,” “Not Ready to Make Nice,” or some other song of your choosing. Your presentation must include the author of the song, the time period in which it was written, and the significance of its lyrics in a visual presentation, in which you analyze the lyrics for persuasive techniques (remember: ethos, pathos, and logos). The lyrics must be clean and school appropriate! You must play a copy of the song to the class. You must have the lyrics approved before the presentation so that I can make sure they are appropriate for the assignment. You must also turn in a typed explanation of why you chose the song and its significance considering the time period it was written (social protest, social awareness, patriotic). Be sure to document ALL sources in MLA format—this includes photos, words, and information taken from the internet! 2. Write a persuasive speech moving a specific group to action. The speech must be delivered aloud to the class, and you must include persuasive devices, such as repetition of a key point, rhetorical questions, figurative language, parallelism, and/or allusions. You must also have a PowerPoint that supports your speech to present to the class. You should have pamphlets, flyers, or some other form of handout to give to your classmates (and teacher) as part of your presentation. You will turn in a typed copy of the speech, which will include a works cited page, using MLA format, documenting all of your sources. *** The following persuasive devices should be addressed in either presentation *** Logos – Appeal to Logic Pathos – Appeal to Emotion Ethos – Persuasive appeal of one’s character Rhetorical questions – a question posed for effect, rather than for an actual answer Figurative Language – the non-literal use of language; language that must be read and interpreted beyond the literal level; the use of figures of speech, such as metaphor, simile, hyperbole, personification, etc Allusions – a reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art that is left to the reader to recognize