When reading the Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America, what questions should ask yourself?What questions, as part of reading anaylsis, are important, like underlining key...

When reading the Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America, what questions should ask yourself?

What questions, as part of reading anaylsis, are important, like underlining key phrases, noting patterns, circling words you dont know and writing down questions.

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are some things I would ask myself when reading the Declaration of Independence.

  1. Which words are emotionally charged? I know that this whole freedom idea came about in an effort to separate from the British Crown, but the words with extra emphasis will tell me why.
  2. What does the author do to persuade King George it is time for a break? Each author approaches their audience differently to convince them that this new idea is worthwhile. Thus, I would try to identify the strategies Jefferson and the other framers used because I would want to have those skills to get my way too someday. So, did he use emotional, ethical or logical appeals? Did he use persuasive elements of parallel structure or rhetorical questions? Was his tone ever sarcastic?
  3. What seem to be the major topics the author focuses on?

After having considered these three ideas, I would write questions in places you don't understand. In regard to what to mark, I would always mark things if I knew they were literary elements because that's what my English teacher is looking for. If I am looking at this for History, I am going to identify content or topical ideas.

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