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Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”. Close Reading & Rhetorical Analysis. “Common Sense” Closed Reading. Each group will get a section of “Common Sense” to interpret for the class Note any important points that Paine makes Note any rhetorical strategies you may see. “Common Sense” Discussion Qs.

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thomas paine s common sense

Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”

Close Reading & Rhetorical Analysis

common sense closed reading
“Common Sense” Closed Reading
  • Each group will get a section of “Common Sense” to interpret for the class
    • Note any important points that Paine makes
    • Note any rhetorical strategies you may see
common sense discussion qs
“Common Sense” Discussion Qs
  • Why does Paine think it is in America's best interest to be free from Britain?
  • Why does Paine think reconciliation is impossible?
  • Who, in the last paragraph is the "fugitive," who must receive or take in that "fugitive," and why must that fugitive be received?
  • How does Paine explain the role of kings and laws in Britain? What does he want the role to be in America?
  • What are Paine’s best rhetorical strategies?
common sense rhetorical analysis
“Common Sense” Rhetorical Analysis
  • In an essay, analyze how Paine uses rhetorical strategies to convince his readers of his argument.
  • How does Paine successfully argue his point through the use of rhetorical devices?
common sense thesis
“Common Sense” Thesis
  • Thomas Paine argues that Britain’s connection to America is unbeneficial and appeals to the laws of nature and God’s will to support his claim.
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