Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Analysis- Word choice in Of Plymouth Plantation

Good morning,
Over the past few days you have been reading a very challenging text, Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford, who came to North America on The Mayflower in 1620.
What strategies did you use for reading a hard text like that?

Of Plymouth Plantation is an example of a PRIMARY SOURCE. Even though it was written down years after the events, the person writing it was actually there and tells about what happened in his own words.

Now that you know what Bradford said, it's time to look more deeply at HOW his said it. His choice of words and tone affect the way his story is perceived.

(This is part of the next standard we are going to be working on: RL 3.3  Analysis: Analyze the ways in which irony, tone, mood, the author's style, and the "sound" of language achieve specific rhetorical or aesthetic purposes or both)

Your task:
  1. Select ONE of the HIGHLIGHTED phrases in the text.
  2. Copy that phrase (and perhaps the whole sentence) into your ENGLISH JOURNAL.
  3. Explain in your own words WHY you think Bradford used the words he did or included that phrase in his writing. What was the effect on his audience? What was he trying to make people think?
And you HAVE HOMEWORK tonight. I'll explain it in class and it will be posted on the homework page later.

Extension: If you finished explaining Bradford's word choices go read this. It was written in 1641.  What does it tell you about Puritan values, justice, and lifestyle?

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