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November 29, 2011
DAILY LOG ~ Ms. Mitnick
Planner Entry: John Locke Questions Due Tomorrow – Bring home We The People Book
Why is Black Friday called “Black Friday”?
Objectives – You should be able to:
o Analyze quotes by John Dickinson, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Paine to evaluate the effect of this
propaganda on support for the Revolution.
o Explain three causes for the American Revolution (taxes/no representation, trade, and
propaganda) and give examples of each.
Class Activities:
1) First, we discussed current events and then reviewed our “Thanksgiving” Word Challenge. The Challenge
asked you to come up with as many words as you could out of the letters in “Thanksgiving.” Students who
developed more than 100 words received bonus points. The highest number of words was 156.
2) We then reviewed the answer to the Warm-Up. Before computers, when accounting was done by hand,
businesses would write losses in red and profits in black. Hence, if a business was losing money, it was
said to be “in the red.” If a business was making profit, it was said to be “in the black.” I heard on the radio
that businesses make up to 40% of their profits for the year on a single day – Black Friday. Hence, Black
Friday is called “Black Friday” because it is on that day that businesses go from losing money the rest of
the year, to finally making a profit.
3) We the looked at the white homework paper of John Locke questions. I had everyone circle the page
numbers at the top so they knew on what pages to find the answers in the We The People book. We then
labeled our two new yellow papers and our Table of Contents:
#9 Chart – Three Causes for Separation
#10 Quotes by Thomas Paine
4) First, we read the John Dickinson quote on the back of the chart page and answered the questions that
accompany it. If you were absent, please read the quote and answer the questions. We then took
notes on the chart. If you were absent, please get these notes from someone. Then we read Patrick
Henry’s quote on the back of the chart and answered the question. If you were absent, please read the
quote and answer the question. Finally, we read through a few of Thomas Paine’s quotes on the other
paper (the boldfaced ones) and discussed the impact his pamphlet, Common Sense, had on convincing
people to support the Revolution. Think about it – it would be as if I told you that Rhode Island were
declaring independence from the United States, that they were gathering an army, and that they expected
to win! If this sounds ridiculous, this is how declaring independence from Great Britain sounded to many
colonists. Remember that Britain was the most powerful country on the face of the Earth at the time. It had
just defeated France only 13 years earlier in the French and Indian War. One simply did not declare war
on Great Britain. Thomas Paine’s pamphlet, Common Sense, convinced many people that independence
was necessary. He used the propaganda technique “Bandwagon,” especially in his title. In other words, if
you did not agree with him, then you had no “common sense.” It was so obvious that independence was
the right choice, “everyone” thought so, and you were without common sense if you disagreed.
Papers Handed In Today:
Worksheets Distributed Today:
1) #9 Chart – Three Causes for Separation
2) #10 Quotes by Thomas Paine
3) John Locke Questions