"Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" Speech

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What kind of rhetorical devices did Patrick Henry use in his famous speech that convinced the colony of Virginia to organize a militia and fight in the American Revolution? Pupils analyze the speech text and then discuss what it takes to incite a revolution.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Consider analyzing this text together as a text, modeling how to mark the text and clarifying any difficult vocabulary along the way
Classroom Considerations

  • A separate lesson is required on rhetoric and rhetorical devices for students to respond appropriately to the discussion questions
  • This publisher has several other similar worksheets that also focus on the theme of revolutions and how they begin (see additional materials for link)

  • Complete text of Patrick Henry's speech included
  • Excellent opportunity for primary source analysis

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