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Analyzing the Impact of Word Choice

Standard Basis:

CCSS ELA Literacy RI.8.4 

Task:

Read both the primary source document (Kaiser Wilhelm's letter) and the chapter "Fatal Rumors." Analyze the word choice of Kaiser Wilhelm and the interpretation by the secondary source author. Do you agree with the author's interpretation? Are there other explanations for Wilhelm's word choice? Would a different word have changed the meaning of the text? In your answer, demonstrate your own analysis of the letter; offer alternative interpretations or explanations; consider other words Wilhelm could have chosen and determine the impact of those words; support your conclusions with evidence from the text. NOTE: you may have to click on the Kaiser letter a couple times to be able to view the writing.

Associated Story: Lusitania Sinking

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Kelly Hansen

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