Varying Viewpoints—Rebels and Minorities
Class Length: 1 Class Meeting
Objectives:Students will be able to:1.Critique varying reasons for why individuals chose to rebel or remain loyal2.Analyze various documents that are rebellious or loyalist in nature.3.Identify the importance of and use primary documents, illustrating the various perspectives on questions of independence and rebellion. 4.Gain an intimate understanding of the voices of the American Rebellion and Revolution by examining primary texts.
Materials:-Copies of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution(cited reference #1)-Copies of Patrick Henry’s Give Me Liberty (cited reference #2)-Copies of James Otis’s Of the Natural Rights of Colonists (cited reference #3)
Procedures:Teacher will distribute the ? me Liberty or Give Me Death speech from Patrick Henry, and James Otis’s ? The Natural Rights of Colonists.Students will consider the following questions:-What is the general motivation of the writer?For what audience is this document written? -What may have influenced the writing of this document?-What rights are being expressed?
Teacher will distribute a copy of the Preamble to the Constitution.Students will take the side of either a rebel (Henry) or minority (Otis), and argue whether the text of the Preamble supports the other side (rebels advocate for minorities and vise versa).Students will:-Consider what changes they would make in the wording of the Preamble and decipher the true meaning and intentions of the document.-Draft a new Preamble advocating for the appropriate rights of rebels and minorities.
References:Murphy, G. (1996). Constitution of the united states: Preamble. The Avalon Project at Yale Law
School. Retrieved October 24th, 2007 from http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/preamble.htmMurphy, G. (1996). Patrick henry. The Avalon Project at Yale LawSchool. Retrieved October 24th, 2007 from ?
WGHB (2007). Of the natural rights of colonists. African in America. Retrieved October 24th, 2007 from ?