Analyzing Expansionist Documents

As we transition out of the Revolutionary Period it is incredibly important that you understand that literary periods are fluid…that means that there isn’t a line in the sand drawn between Revolutionary Literature and Romanticism right after 1776. The time after America’s Independence and the start of the Transcendental movement is an incredibly important few decades in which our economy, our borders, and our perception of what it means to be ‘American’ rapidly grew and changed. The literature from this time period reflects these changing viewpoints and the conflict that arises when social, political and economic upheaval happen all at once. Without this period of expansionism, we wouldn’t have the Transcendental movement.

During this period issues of economic changes, the role of women in the new country of America, and the displacement of Native Americans were reflected in the documents and literature of the time period. We will be examining documents from a report at Lowell Mill, Catherine Beecher and Andrew Jackson on each of these topics.

In groups you will examine one document from the period, identifying the speaker and the intended audience. You will annotate the text for examples of ethos, pathos and logos. Finally, you’ll determine how the speaker/write of the document effectively appealed to their audience using ethos/pathos/logos.

Next, you will work to create a presentation of your analysis for the class. Each group member will be responsible for one portion of the presentation, but ALL group members will need to have annotated and analyzed the text. Click here for the assignment instructions Rhetorical Analysis and here for the group work checklist.

You will present your analysis of the documents to your peers on September 30th, 2019.

Please click here see an example of a previous group of students’ powerpoint presentation to give you an idea of what this project could look like.

 

11th Grade American Literature Fall 2019

Expansionist Literature – The Market Revolution and The Era of Good Feelings

As we transition out of the Revolutionary Period it is incredibly important that you understand that literary periods are fluid…that means that there isn’t a line in the sand drawn between Revolutionary Literature and Romanticism right after 1776. The time after America’s Independence and the start of the Transcendental movement is an incredibly important few decades in which our economy, our borders, and our perception of what it means to be ‘American’ rapidly grew and changed. The literature from this time period reflects these changing viewpoints and the conflict that arises when social, political and economic upheaval happen all at once. Without this period of expansionism, we wouldn’t have the Transcendental movement (oh…Whitman…).

Please review the questions and information at the beginning of Unit 2 in your book, and keep these in mind as you watch and take notes from the video below. These issues and conflicts will serve as the platform for most of the literature we read during this time period.

  • How do we build a nation?
  • Who can be called ‘American’?
  • How does economic growth change ideals?
  • How far should our borders extend?
  • What is true ‘freedom’?
  • What is America’s responsibility to its citizen? Its inhabitants? What is the difference?
  • What is America’s destiny?
  • How should innovation shape America vs tradition?

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11th Grade American Literature Fall 2017

Expansionist Literature – The Market Revolution and The Era of Good Feelings

As we transition out of the Revolutionary Period it is incredibly important that you understand that literary periods are fluid…that means that there isn’t a line in the sand drawn between Revolutionary Literature and Romanticism right after 1776. The time after America’s Independence and the start of the Transcendental movement is an incredibly important few decades in which our economy, our borders, and our perception of what it means to be ‘American’ rapidly grew and changed. The literature from this time period reflects these changing viewpoints and the conflict that arises when social, political and economic upheaval happen all at once. Without this period of expansionism, we wouldn’t have the Transcendental movement.

Please review the questions and information at the beginning of Unit 2 in your book, and keep these in mind as you watch and take notes from the video below. These issues and conflicts will serve as the platform for most of the literature we read during this time period.

  • How do we build a nation?
  • Who can be called ‘American’?
  • How does Economic growth change ideals?
  • How far should our borders extend?
  • What is true ‘freedom’?
  • What is America’s responsibility to its citizen? Its inhabitants?
  • What is America’s destiny?
  • How should innovation shape America vs tradition?

Click here to watch the Crash Course video over The Market Revolution

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11th Grade American Literature Fall 2016