All Hands on Deck: Learning Adventures Aboard Old Ironsides
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Personal Observation
Writing an eyewitness account

Have a volunteer read aloud the eyewitness account below. Ask the class whether Moses Smith was moved by what he had seen. What devices does Smith use as a writer, such as attention to detail and empathy, to convey his emotions? Then ask if they have ever seen an event, whether in real life or on television or in a movie, that moved them deeply. Ask them to write an account of that event, then analyze it to determine what devices they used to convey powerful feelings.

eyewitness account

Have on Hand- 1 copy of the passage written by Moses Smith used in “Eyewitness Account”

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