Speech in the VA Convention Review “The Declaration of Independence” Turn in questions from “The Declaration of Independence.” Get out a sheet of paper for a quiz over “The Declaration of Independence” Open Book Quiz Page 240-244 Write one argumentative paragraph in which you persuade me that you should not be quizzed over the vocabulary words. Each paragraph must include a claim, support, and counterclaim. Use your book to answer the questions on the next slide. Open Book Quiz Page 240-244 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Who is the author of the Declaration of Independence? According to the document, what rights do people have that cannot be taken away? (9) When do people have the right to form a new government? (11-13) Why do the colonies oppose the king’s taxes? (66) What do the united colonies declare to the world? (108-109) Standards RI 5 – Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing and engaging. RI6 – Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, and beauty of the text Essay Question Using informational text from the unit, make a convincing argument for which text makes the most effective use of rhetoric. Rhetorical Devices Rhetorical devices are structures within language that appeal to readers and communicate ideas. In other words, rhetorical devices make you want to listen. Rhetorical devices used in The Speech in the VA Convention Rhetorical Question – ex. “But when shall we grow stronger?” Antithesis – ex. “Give me liberty or give me death.” Repetition – ex. “Let it come! I repeat sir, let it come?” Parallelism – “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet?” Biblical Allusions – references to events, figures, or phrases from the Bible. Class assignment Read the Speech in the VA Convention by Patrick Henry in your Baseball groups. Use expo markers and transparency sheets to underline the rhetorical devices as you see them. 1st base – green/yellow – antithesis 2nd base – blue – parallelism 3rd base – black – rhetorical questions Home base – pink/ orange - repetition Class assignment On your own sheet of paper, each person in the group will then write down two examples of each form of rhetorical device. Next, help each other answer the following questions. Write down answers on your own paper to be turned in for a grade. Questions! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. What does Henry mean when he says, “This is no time for ceremony”? (line 6) What is the “question before the House”? (line 6-7) What stark contrast does he present to convey the importance of this question? (line 9) According to Henry, why is it so important to have “freedom of the debate”? (line 9) Why does he mention the delegates’ responsibility to god and our country”? (line 11) In lines 22-26, what point does Henry cite to argue that the British are preparing for war? (lines 30-31) In lines 41-46, what is Henry’s answer to those who favor talking to the British? What is Henry’s tone in lines 80-86? What mood might his speech have stirred in the audience? What does Henry mean when he says, “give me liberty, or give me death”? (line 86) What does he hope to achieve by this cry?