Students learn about the context for Miguel Cervantes' Chapter VIII of Don Quixote.
This lesson encourages students to write a rhetorical analysis essay.
Students will read, listen to and view supporting video and audio clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze fiction. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a plot diagram, short paragraph assessments, multiple choice, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP English-style rubric.
The central text is Chapter 8 of Don Quixote, the windmill chapter. Students will complete a plot diagram graphic organizer for the story. The TED TALK used is “The Quixote Code - Oppression and the Art of Subversion” by Massimiliano Adelmo Giorgini, an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and many videos showing the themes of the unit. There is a short paragraph writing opportunity writing as Sancho, reporting back to his wife.. The entire lessons act as a building of context for a rhetorical analysis on Chapter 8 of Don Quixote.
These five daily 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 rhetorical analysis. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.