“Give me Liberty, or Give me Death” Prompt
THE WHOLE PROMPT:
Write a 4-paragraph essay about the main theme of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me
Liberty, or Give Me Death” speech: that sometimes it is necessary to fight for
one’s rights. Analyze this theme in Henry’s essay and provide evidence that
Henry finds it necessary to fight. Include the reasons why the colonists must fight
for their rights. Write 2 chunks in each bp. Minimum of 2 quote per bp.
SIMPLIFIED PROMPT WITH ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Prove that Henry believes that sometimes it is necessary to fight for one’s rights.
What does he encourage the colonists to do? Why does he believe they need to do
this? What is the underlying problem with the British? What will they gain?
START WITH A SIMPLE OUTLINE
TS Main point of bp 1
CL Sub point 1 of bp 1
CL Sub point 2 of bp 1
TS Main point of bp 2 (shouldn’t overlap with bp 1)
CL Sub point 1 of bp 2
CL Sub point 2 of bp 2
SAMPLE OF OUTLINE
WHAT DOES JOHN PROCTOR DO TO FIX HIS LIFE?
Thesis Proctor spends tons of effort on fixing his life
TS Main point of bp 1 attempts to put Abigail in her place
CL Sub point 1 of bp 1 rejects her continued advances
CL Sub point 2 of bp 1 threatens her
TS Main point of bp 2 tries to convince the court of his and other accused’s integrity
CL Sub point 1 of bp 2 brings in signatures and
CL Sub point 2 of bp 2 admits to his sin of adultery