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by Thomas Paine

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  • Common Sense Rhetorical Devices Lesson Plan

    Persuasion through Counter-Argument and Refutation: 
This lesson plan focuses on how Paine uses counter-argument and refutation in “Common Sense” to persuade readers that the thirteen North American colonies should pursue independence from Britain through armed revolt. Students will examine several instances of counter-argument in the text, describe the strategy of...

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