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ERIC Number: ED479058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec-11
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Battling for Liberty: Tecumseh's and Patrick Henry's Language of Resistance.
Gardner, Traci
The reading program described in this lesson plan extends the study of Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech to demonstrate the ways Native Americans also resisted oppression through rhetoric. During five 50-minute lessons, students will: develop an awareness of both Native and non-Native movements to resist oppression and domination by external forces between 1775 and 1820; develop an understanding of the similarities and differences between individuals and their rhetoric of resistance in America during the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; develop an understanding of the impact of popular stereotypes on perceptions of history; develop an appreciation for the ways the speeches of these Native orators contradict the stereotypes of early Native Americans as "savage" and "uncivilized"; and practice applying a formal strategy for analyzing and evaluating oral communication using occasion, audience, purpose, response, and a variety of rhetorical or literary devices. The instructional plan, lists of web resources, student assessment/reflection activities, and a list of National Council of Teachers of English/International Reading Association (NCTE/IRA) Standards addressed in the lesson are included. A language of resistance analysis worksheet and a presentation rubric are attached. (PM)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; MarcoPolo Education Foundation.; International Reading Association, Newark, DE.