Spinning wheel

Process

After reading each document, you will answer a set of lesson questions about the document, recording your responses for each document on a separate piece of paper. This will be followed by a class discussion using the fishbowl protocol and rules for group discussion.

Taxes: Colonial Resistance Builds

Read the James Otis passage in the INTRODUCTION above.

ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.

  1. What do you think is the significance of the phrase a man’s house is his castle?
  2. According to Otis, what function do the courts serve?
  3. What basic right did the writs of assistance violate?
  4. Analyze Otis’ view of the courts?

Female Patriotism:  Women Called to Action

  1. How does Gadsden feel about women?
  2. Based on what you know about Colonial women, what is the significance of Gadsden’s address to the South Carolina Assembly?
  3. Gadsden’s intent was first to convince and then to enlist women to support colonial boycotts against British policies.  Predict Gadsen’s success or failure.

EXAMINE DOCUMENT

Poetry:  A Female Poet’s Literary Resistance

  1. Why is Hannah Griffitts’ background significant?
  2. What does the speaker suggest women do to oppose the Townshend Duties?
  3. What is Griffitts’ opinion of Grenville, why?
  4. Who is the target of the women’s boycott?
  5. Who does the speaker think has more power, men or women?  Support with evidence.
  6. Based on the views expressed in the poem, how would Griffitt respond to Gadsden’s address?

EXAMINE DOCUMENT

Spinning Bees: Public Displays of Defiance

  1. What is this passage describing?  Cite evidence to support your answer.
  2. What is the political reason for the women to engage in this activity?
  3. Do you think that this political action would be successful?  Why or why not?

EXAMINE DOCUMENT

Protest Songs and Poetry:  Women’s call to action

Using your APPARTS (PDF) chart, analyze these two sources.  In your groups, write a colonial protest song or a poem.  Be sure to use historical facts and evidence from the lesson.

EXAMINE DOCUMENT