American Literature 2011
Colonial Extracts Mrs. Strasser
What best explains Abigail Adams writing this letter the way she has written it? What style and tone does she adopt and why? What was her motivation for writing the letter?
What kind of person is Abigail Adams? What can you tell from the text? Cite key lines. What opinions does she express. What have you found out from research?
Abigail Adams tells details about what she sees in Braintree, and how people are behaving and thinking. Project two scenes she may have witnessed from the details she gives. Why does she tell John about these things?
What was in John’s last few letters? Project from her response. Can you find the actual letters from research? Compare them with what you projected. Write a response to the letter. Compare it with the actual response.
How does the experience of a revolutionary wives and husbands differ?
What is Abigail’s position on this difference? Cite the text. Find out what John’s reaction to this was? What provisions for including women in the government were included in the Constitution?
You are a spy for the British and intercept this letter. What do you do with it and what are your recommendations based on what it contains?
Decide on what you believe Abigail Adam’s primary AIM is in writing the letter, and build evidence for this claim based both on the text and your research.
Imagine the telephone existed in 1776. Role play a conversation Abigail and John might have had. Write down what is said and revise it into a dialogue scene.