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1.2.3. Read the Declaration of Independence and an Essay Reading Materials American Literature and Composition Name: Dheeksha Shalghar Date: 9/10/2020 In this activity, I did some helpful material for students who are reading the Declaration of Independence for the first time. Assume that you are reading this document in English class and already know the basic historical context. Write an introduction paragraph explaining how language is used in the text, and then make 6 to 12 annotations on the Declaration of Independence to help them understand and begin to analyze the document as they read. This writing assignment will focus on the following skills: Defining unfamiliar words in context Identifying rhetorical strategies, deductive reasoning, and syntax Using clear language to annotate a text A word of warning: Don't try to imitate the content of the annotations in the reading guide. That reading guide contains many historical context annotations and explanations that are outside the scope of your assignment. Your job is to focus on language specifically and to share your own thoughts on the Declaration of Independence. Technology note: This assignment asks you to insert footnotes into the text of the Declaration of Independence. If you cannot work on a computer or do not have a word processing program that allows you to do this, see your teacher for a different option. Write the definitions of the following words. If you come across a word you don't know, write it in a blank space below. Try to figure out what the word means by looking at its context. Then use your dictionary or the Internet to look up the correct definition for the word. Word Definition annotation A brief explanation that accompanies whatever it is explaining such as an image, a line of poetry, or different vocabulary word. formal tone Language written or spoken in a manner that respects accepted rules and uses proper vocabulary and grammar. objective Without opinion or bias
syntax The structure of a sentence context Determine its meaning. synonym A word that has a similar meaning to another word. Connotation Everything a word suggests or implies; the feeling a word gives you. Rhetoric The use of language to persuade the audience. Deductive Reasoning A method of thought or argument that starts with a general idea or premise and then draws a specific conclusion based on that idea or premise. Diction The word choice and purposeful arrangement of words that affect meaning in speech or writing. Write a short answer to each question. 1. The best way to plan out your annotations is to sit down with a copy of the Declaration of Independence and pick out the words, phrases, and sentences you want to annotate. Keep in mind that your annotations need to highlight the key ideas to help readers understand the document.

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