This collection of lesson plans is a great foundation for beginning a composition course.
The first lesson allows for students to explore their own biases through discussion and video viewing.
The link to TED talk, "The Danger of A Single Story" by Chimamanda Adichie is included.
Guiding Questions, as well as a transcript of the talk are also included.
The transcript may be intimidating for students, but you can chunk it if you choose. It is simply a way for students to provide evidence to support any claims they make in their written or verbal responses.
*The transcript may have typos/errors; you may want to proof-read before distributing to students OR have them search for and correct the errors as a grammar/spelling activity.
The lessons that follow build upon elements of writing. I do apologize that handouts and powerpoints may be references that are not available, but my hope is that they can still be helpful. Each lesson is based upon a 90 minute class.