The American Crisis, Number 1 By Thomas Paine American Literature Grade 11 About the Author Thomas Paine 1737-1809 Born in England Also wrote a pamphlet called Common Sense Popularity decreased after war About the selection Occurred during the Revolutionary War George Washington was retreating from the British Winter season Troops needed inspiration First of sixteen pamphlets Read to troops before they won the Battle of Trenton in 1776 Literary Terms Pamphlet Infidel Celestial Martial Esteem Pretence Impious Relinquish Tyranny Unlamented Fortitude Literary Terms Assignment Define each word. Create a paragraph or two using each literary term. Open Response Look for techniques Paine uses to raise the spirits of the soldiers. Compare this to the War on Terrorism. Think of times you have needed encouragement or have encouraged others. Use the rubric for self-evaluation. Research Writing Project 1 Use the library or Internet to research a part of the American Revolution that interests you. Write a paragraph describing your topic. Include important dates, people, and events related to your topic. Use the rubric for self-evaluation. Research Writing Project 2 With your “B” partner choose a branch of our Armed Forces. Research this particular branch, describing its content, responsibilities, special forces, etc. With your partner present the information you learned to the class. Individually create a letter persuading someone of the advantages of this particular branch of the Armed Forces. Use the rubric for self-evaluation. Creativity Project With a partner create a product that represents some aspect of this story. Use your imagination and creativity to produce an image that you have visualized as you have read and researched for this story. Give your creation a name and a purpose. Present your project to the class. Use the rubric for teamwork. Evaluation Using the rubrics, evaluate your partners according to their effort. On the back of the rubric, evaluate this power point presentation on a scale of 0-4, with 4 being the highest, according to the relevance of its content.