Nathaniel Dunn is an indentured servant on a colonial Virginia plantation. He is sold to meet his master's debts and bought by a kindly schoolmaster named Basil, who helps him get work with a carriage maker. But as Nathaniel's luck turns for the better, the atmosphere in the country turns for the worse.
Public outcry against the British becomes commonplace, and the call "give me liberty, or give me death" grows into a budding revolution. Amidst a new world of philosophy, books, and the idea of equality, Nathaniel faces new questions and uncertainty . . . should he join this fight against Britain's oppression and taxes?
His old plantation friend, the slave Moses, has joined the British Royal Ethiopian Regiment to earn his freedom. Nathaniel joins the Virginia Regiment. What will become of either of them, indentured servant and slave in this war? As his mother always taught him from Corinthians, "Love hopes all things."
Progeny Press' Give Me Liberty Language Arts PDF curriculum provides your Middle School grade student with:
About the Author: Learn about L.M. Elliott.
Background Information: Explore the historical context of the American Revolution, the backdrop against which L.M. Elliott's novel unfolds. Gain a deeper understanding of the pivotal events and challenges faced during this transformative period in American history.
Vocabulary: Enhance your vocabulary through engaging activities designed to stimulate retention and growth. Immerse yourself in the words used throughout the novel, fostering a deeper understanding of language and narrative nuances.
Literary Techniques: Examine a rich array of literary techniques employed in Give Me Liberty, including similes, allusion, foreshadowing, aphorisms, imagery, synonyms, compare & contrast, metaphors, irony, contextual usage, juxtaposition, antonyms, anthropomorphism, proverbs, motifs, onomatopoeia, anaphora, parallelism, Christ figure symbolism, theme exploration, conflict analysis, structural elements, paradox exploration, characterization depth, and the use of foils.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Delve into the moral lessons of the novel, debating essential lessons and character values. Explore themes of hope, revenge, the transformative power of loving enemies, serving others, managing anxiety and fear, the pursuit of peace, understanding authority, the impact of our words, practicing self-control, the dichotomy of slavery and freedom, addressing suicide, and the importance of doing what is right.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Conduct a variety of activities and writing assignments. From exploring indentured servitude and the American colonies through history studies, writing assignments, and period clothing examinations to creating maps, art, posters, engaging in discussions, delivering speeches, solving crosswords, planning field trips, exploring music, delving into journalism, participating in drama, crafting letters, composing poetry/lyrics, and constructing timelines, these activities enrich understanding and engagement.
Suggestions for Further Reading: Expand your reading with a curated reading list featuring more works by L.M. Elliott and other authors. Discover books that complement or share similarities with, Give Me Liberty.
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