Letter to the Reverend Samson Occom & Letter to John Adams
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Description:Letter to the Reverend Samson Occom & Letter to John Adams
Starts at:Mon, Oct 29, 2012 12:00 AM -0400
Duration:1 Day
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Learning Objectives:
RI1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what
the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text,
including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
RI2: Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their
development over the course of the text.
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, or beauty of the text.

Review diction, tone and primary sources (writer, form, when and where
written, and intended audience)/purpose

Evaluate letters to determine how tone is revealed through the writer's
word choice (diction).

If time permits:
Reading Check Questions:

According to Phillis Wheatley, religious freedom
by itself is not enough to make a person free.  
What over freedom does she say is necessary?

What reason does Wheatley give to explain why
people are willing to allow slavery?

What “strange absurdity” does Wheatley refer to?

Abigail Adams is very concerned about the
safety of Boston.  Explain why.

What contrast does Adams point out between
the goals of the Congress and the attitude of the
delegates toward their wives?

In both letters, Wheatley and Adams reveal their powerlessness to change
they clearly see as wrong. How do they personally deal with this lack of
Discuss how they cope with the following situations:
• slavery
• lack of security due to inaction
• absolute power of men