Answer questions #1-4 on page 12 in literature textbook
|We have just returned from a trip into East Tenn where we got big amounts of everything to eat and everything we eat is so good to me as I had been starved out so long on some bread & beef, all that we got while we were here besieging Chattanooga. up there we got sweet and Irish potatoes, chickens, molassas, wheat bread and everything that was good for a poor soldier. Oh, how I do wish that I could be at home now, for it is getting late in the evening and I have had nothing to eat since breakfast and no telling when we will get rations for our rations are out, since we left our ration wagons behind in coming here to this place, for I know you have all had a good & plentiful dinner. I know you will say poor John, but this is only a chapter in military service which we often read, but I am content and will be more so when we get rations. The independence of the bounty is what I want and I am I am willing to suffer for something to eat many, many days if it will only send me to my dear parents, a full and independent boy.
The enemy still holds their position in Chattanooga and our lines drawn up close around the place. We are now on the top of Lookout Mountain overlooking the town. We have a fine view of our entire line and also of theirs. It is said that we can see into five different states from our position. It is very cold up here, as cold as it is where you are in mid-winter. You must excuse this exceedingly bad letter as I have written in great haste. My love to you and all. Write when you can and a long letter as I am very anxious to hear from you.
John H. Sweet
(Gregory A. Coco Collection, Gettysburg National Military Park)
Almost every soldier in service made an effort to write letters home to describe their experiences, give their opinions on local matters and politics, and to assure their families not to worry. But not all soldiers could write very well or spell words properly. Rural education in America was not like it is today and most Civil War soldiers only had an education up to the fourth grade level. Many young men from rural areas had never attended school and could neither read nor write so they asked comrades to write letters for them. Poor education led to many words being mispelled or sentences left incomplete. Soldiers sometimes spelled words as they heard them- "raison" for reason, "horspitle" for hospital, "rafel" for rifle. Here is a portion of a letter written by Francis Russell, a Union soldier from the 140th Pennsylvania Infantry, with some of these misspellings:
Washington City, D. C.
Dear Mother and family.
Francis M. Russell
Address your letter to Stanton Hosepittle, Washington City. C.C.
Yours, F. M. R.
You will need the two letters from the soldier which is posted above this post to complete this assignment.
Now that we have read the two excerpts from two different letters, I challenge you all to go deepen your understanding.
Ask yourselves, how are the letters structured?
When we look at the structure of a literary work we want to pay attention to the language that is being used. Language within a literary text is important because it gives us more information about our characters.
*****USE 3 PIECES OF EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT YOUR CLAIM !!
Must be 3 WELL DEVELOPED paragraphs.
Please remember, when using evidence, ADD YOUR OWN THOUGHTS to further explain the evidence you have selected.
P.S. Do NOT forget to study for VOCAB.
TEST FRIDAY 9-16-16
Vocabulary: Unit 2
Using Unit 2, write three (3) sentences per word on the vocbulary list.
Remember to make sure that you are using the correct tense of the word as well as putting it in correct context.
ELA and Social Studies
Working on : writing thesis statements clearly
You now have tools to make your writing pieces better. Think about the notes that your peer editor's have giving you and what you could do to improve your writing. As well as think about the steps we went over in class today about the process of writing a thesis statement.
I want you to go back and REVISE your writing AND to add a killer thesis statement that clearly states what you will be addressing in your writing pieces.
Final revision of essay discussing the two letter's from the civil war soldiers is DUE TOMORROW (9-21-16)
Please be sure:
Vocabulary: Make sure you are studying how to use your words from unit 2 in sentences!!!! your test will be on Friday!
complete the two worksheets that were given out today.
(giving you guys a break) be prepared to start a new story tomorrow and being introduced to how to identify point of view and literary element within a piece of literature.
Social Studies :