Jonathan Edwards, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
Lesson plans and teaching resources
The Great Awakening
Close Reading Through Isolation
Students explore images and words with strong connotations as a pre-reading activity. This strategy is described in the context of "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" but will work with many texts.
A Comparison of Puritan Authors and Their Viewpoints on God and the Devil,
Students in teacher-selected groups of two will create a presentation on Puritan authors Anne Bradstreet and Jonathon Edwards. Students will support their comparisons through examples from each of the author's works. Student groups will then research Puritan writers Cotton Mather and Michael Wigglesworth online. All groups will present to the class as well as posting the presentations online.
The First Great Awakening
Students will examine primary documents from the time, identify and discuss the ideas of Jonathan Edwards, and discuss how colonial Americans perceived the First Great Awakening and how it affected the lives of both colonial Americans and Native Americans.
Suggestions for approaching selections from Edwards. Good background material.
On this page, a brief biography. Follow links to teaching ideas, discussion questions, and support materials.
The Imagery in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
by Jonathan Edwards
Students draw pictures based on their reading.
Jonathan Edwards and the Art of Persuasion
Students will study the elements of persuasive writing in Jonathan Edward's "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" according to the following criteria: speaker, audience, occasion, and means of persuasion; and then analyze a contemporary piece of writing, such as an advertisement, for similar elements.
"Jonathan Edwards in Western Massachusetts"
Text of the poem by Robert Lowell.
"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Jonathan Edwards
A list of 50 vocabulary words presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, examples of current usage, more.
Teaching Jonathan Edwards in High School: "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" Curriculum
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