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Teaching On Being Brought from Africa to America

On Being Brought from Africa to America

In 1770 Wheatley wrote a poetic tribute to the evangelist George Whitefield, which received widespread acclaim. Her poetry expressed Christian themes, and many poems were dedicated to famous figures. Over one-third consist of elegies, the remainder being on religious, classical, and abstract themes. She seldom referred to her own life in her poems. One example of a poem on slavery is "On being brought from Africa to America".

Phillis Wheatley
Public Domain

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

How does the author's Christian faith influence her views on slavery and racism?
STANDARDS:
RL.2 - Main Ideas, RL.4 - Key Terms & Tone, RL.5 - Text Structure

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
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