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The ConstitutionAnchor Text: Words We Live By (excerpt)
Taking a Stand
Anchor Text: The Lottery
Leaving a Legacy: Eulogies of Civil Rights Figures
Anchor Text: Remarks on the Assassination of MLK
Speech to the Second Virginia ConventionBy: Patrick Henry
Henry’s famous speech ending in “I know not what course other may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” documents a pivotal moment in US history. When other colonists suggested waiting to hear from the English monarchy in an attempt to reconcile, Henry argues for the colonies to form a militia and take a stand against British rule.
Conscientious Objector By: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Millay, Edna St. Vincent. "Conscientious Objector." Wine from These Grapes. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1934. N. pag. Print.
Millay’s poem takes a stand against participating in any activities which will lead to death of others. The title has military connotations and suggests a protest against military action.
The Jungle (excerpts) By: Upton Sinclair
Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. Cambridge, MA: R. Bentley, 1971. Print.
Sinclair’s searing critique of the meatpacking industry, contained within a novel about the lives of immigrants in America, remains a powerful document in US history. While the novel itself doesn’t necessarily promote taking a stand, the act of writing and producing an honest portrayal of industry at the time represents a protest against the inhumane conditions present in the industry.
Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)
The Supreme Court decision handed down in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka declared the “separate but equal” law established by Plessy v. Ferguson unconstitutional. Taking a stand against unfair practices was not well received in some places, but it was worth a larger moral victory in the end.
Animal Farm By: George Orwell
Orwell, George. Animal Farm; New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1954. Print.
Satirical and cautionary, the tale of Animal Farm depicts the improbability of a system run for the collective good. The ideas explored in the novel add another perspective to the line of inquiry not explored in the other texts—those who take a stand can easily succumb to their own vices and take over the role of those they once fought against.
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In paragraph 8 of “Abigail Smith Adams,” Abigail Adams is called an “advocate for females.” What is the meaning of advocate for females as used in this paragraph?
Which of Abigail Adam’s actions described in the biography best shows her being an advocate?
Which question below is left unanswered by the biography “Abigail Smith Adams” because insufficient evidence is provided?
Which statement is true about the biography and best supports the answer to Part A?
Which two sentences from “Abigail Smith Adams” best support the answer to Part A?
Why does Abigail Adams most likely use this specific language about men?
How does paragraph 2 of Abigail Adam’s letter to her husband most strongly contribute to the text as a whole?
In which two paragraphs of the letter are the ideas in paragraph 2 discussed more thoroughly?
Which two statements best summarize Abigail’s ideas regarding the occupation of Boston, based on the letter to her husband?
In paragraph 7 of the letter to her husband, Abigail Adams states that “all men would be tyrants” and in paragraph 8 she states that men are “naturally tyrannical.” Which statement defines the word tyrannical correctly using the context of the letter?
Choose two quotations that best support the answers in Part A.
Which quotation from the text best reflects the meaning of “through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory”?
What claim does President Adams make about the timing of the declaration of Independency”?
Which excerpt from the text best supports the answer to Part A?
Select the claim that both Abigail and Adams make in their letters and drag it into the box labeled “CLAIM.”
Choose two quotations, one from each letter, that provide evidence for the claim made by both Abigail and John Adams. Drag each quotation into the appropriate box.
Both John and Abigail Adams believed strongly in freedom and independence. However, their letters suggest that each of them understood these terms differently based on their experiences.
Write an essay that explains their contrasting views on the concepts of freedom and independence.
In your essay, make a claim about the idea of freedom and independence and how John and Abigail Adams add to that understanding and/or illustrate a misunderstanding of freedom and independence.
Support your response with textual evidence and inferences drawn from all three sources.
In his letter, John Adams tells his wife that “through all the gloom, I an see the rays of ravishing light and glory.” Which paraphrase explains what Adams means by this statement?
Which statement accurately describes the relationship between two central ideas in the biography “Abigail Smith Adams”?
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