Claim: The 1917 “Call to Duty” recruitment poster successfully achieves its persuasive purpose through an emotional appeal to patriotism that can also be categorized as pathos.
= Students should be instructed to follow the same process as they did with the poster, writing a thesis statement that synthesizes central ideas from the informational texts (new woman, jazz, prohibition, consumerism) with literary analysis. The students will complete their own thesis statements. However, as necessary, the teacher could continue to model how to do this. Example: “The new woman of the 1920s used fashion as a form of rebellion against the stifling restrictions of conservative Victorian society” was our original thesis statement. We will use the character of Marsha from “Head and Shoulders” and further develop our thesis statement to say “As the new woman of the 1920s, Marcia rebels against the conventional standards of gender roles by usurping, or taking over, Horace’s role as the “head” of the household, replacing him as the primary provider of their family.” Another teacher example might be,“F. Scott Fitzgerald illustrates Marcia as the new woman of the 1920s in allowing her to embrace her liberal views while utilizing her intellect, allowing her to be a dynamic and successful character.”Teacher note:Some teachers require students to embed reasons to support claim within the thesis statements. Example: Thesis 1 - Marcia Meadows, who exemplifies the 1920s new woman, rebels against the restrictions of conservative Victorian society through her forward nature even while succumbing to the traditional domestic role of wife and mother. Other teachers want thesis statement to be a simple claim with students elaborating thesis statements in subsequent sentences outlining reasons. Example: Thesis 2 - The new woman of the 1920s used fashion as a form of rebellion against the stifling restrictions of conservative Victorian society [followed by supporting “reasons” that will be developed re: “forward nature” and “traditional roles]