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9. Social

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•  Using the Video
•  Authors
•  Timeline
•  Activities
- Overview Questions
- Video
- Author
- Context
- Creative Response
- PBL Projects

Activities: Creative Response

  1. Journal: Using the autobiographies of Booker T. Washington and Henry Adams for inspiration, compose a journal entry in which you describe your own education. What are the most valuable skills and life lessons you have learned? What circumstances or incidents have most shaped your development?

  2. Poet's Corner: Examine Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt's "The Palace-Burner," "A Pique at Parting," or "Her Word of Reproach." Pay attention to how Piatt uses dialogue and multiple voices to develop her ideas. Try rewriting one of these poems using a single lyric voice. How did your revision change the poem? What difficulties did you encounter in translating Piatt's many voices into a single voice?

  3. Multimedia: Imagine that you have been asked to produce a documentary on turn-of-the-century New York. Using the American Passages archive and slide-show software, create a multimedia presentation in which you explore the different aspects of New York society at that time.

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