Discover the Unknown at Central Restaurant—Practice with Argument

Discover the Unknown at Central Restaurant—Practice with Argument
Discover the Unknown at Central Restaurant—Practice with Argument
Discover the Unknown at Central Restaurant—Practice with Argument
Discover the Unknown at Central Restaurant—Practice with Argument
Discover the Unknown at Central Restaurant—Practice with Argument
Discover the Unknown at Central Restaurant—Practice with Argument
Discover the Unknown at Central Restaurant—Practice with Argument
Discover the Unknown at Central Restaurant—Practice with Argument
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  1. When you read a student's well-formulated argument, you want to ring a bell or run and tell someone. To teach young minds (who will pay your Social Security some day) to articulate with passion, persuasion, original thought, and carefully chosen stylistic devices is the ultimate teaching achievement
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This lesson encourages students to qualify an argument.

Students learn about Chef Virgilio Martínez’s quest into the unknown to find his purpose in life.

Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument about the special ingredients found in Peru. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.

The central texts are excerpts from a link to Chef Virgilio Martínez’s book, Central. The Netflix documentary, Chef’s Table: Season 3 Episode 6 on Virgilio Martínez is important to this resource. There is a 30-question/answer key viewing guide in the appendix for these lessons. Links to different NPR stories and videos showing the themes of the search of the unknown for Virgilio Martinez are available. There is a narrative writing opportunity about the possibility of Virgilio Martinez advising you in your quest to open a restaurant. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation in Virgilio Martinez’s introduction to his book. There are two anecdotes on potatoes by Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano. All the lessons act as an explication and a building of context for the argument prompt on the 2018 AP English Language exam.

These six lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.


There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as the lessons act as support for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.



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35 pages
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Included with rubric
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