Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" - Primary Source Analysis Activity

This engaging activity on Sojourner Truth's famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech is awesome for giving your students an introduction to analyzing primary sources.

The download includes 2 different versions of Sojourner Truth's speech. First is the most widely printed version that repeats her iconic rhetorical question.  The second is an earlier account from an Abolitionist newspaper. Both versions are short, compelling, and easy for students to understand.

In my class, I ask for volunteers to read them out loud so students can hear the power in her words and better differentiate between the 2 speeches.

Following the 2 versions is a worksheet with open-ended analysis questions designed to get your students thinking critically about Truth's words and the differences between the two accounts.

I love this resource because it is an primary source that is engrossing and in language students can comprehend. It's a great way to get them into more primary sources.

Thanks so much for checking it out!

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