Practical Application of The Steps in the Reading Process

 

Next we will practice close reading of a document. The document we will read is one of the most significant documents in American, if not human, history: The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America.

 

DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP.

 

THIS WILL LIKELY BE THE MOST DIFFICULT DOCUMENT YOU WILL READ

 

IF YOU LEARN TO READ THIS, YOU CAN READ ANYTHING!!

 

This was the document that declared (announced) what is known as the 'American Revolution'.

 

What is a revolution?

 

It can mean either a 'rebellion' or a 'transformation' or a 'rotation.

 

For example, in reference to an automobile engine, you may have heard the expression "RPMs". This stands for 'revolutions per minute" or how many times the engine turns the crankshaft completely around ('rotates') in one minute. In this use, a 'revolution' is a rotation: one turn of the crankshaft.

 

With regard to 'rotation', I always ask my students how long it takes for the earth to rotate completely around the sun. How long does it take for one full circle? That's right, one day.

 

When you use the word 'rotate', as in "If the earth 'rotates' around the sun, then 'one day' can be referred to as one 'rotation'.

 

When you use the word 'revolve, as in "If the earth 'revolves' around the sun, then 'one day' can be referred to as one 'revolution'.

 

In political science or history, a 'revolution' can be a 'rebellion' (an 'uprising against an existing government) or a 'transformation' (any "change in the form of government').

 

The American Revolution began on July 4, 1776, when the 13 original American Colonies declared independence from England.

 

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