Write a poem
Write a poem, hip-hop or rap that captures the same sentiments about life and death as the John Keats poem in the first scene of the play.
Find a video of a politician's speech that conveys the same sense of patriotism as the Webster speech noted in the first scene.
Rent the film
Abe Lincoln in Illinois was made into a film starring Raymond Massey in 1940. Rent the film and watch it with classmates.
Answer the questions: If you were recasting the film today, who would you choose for the lead roles?
Write a speech
Write and give a speech in which you argue as eloquently as Daniel Webster for or against some current political cause--health care reform, the war in Afghanistan, saving electricity, etc. Use metaphors and invoke the good of the country, as Webster did.
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