Students learn about the context for Edwidge Danticat’s short story, “Without Inspection,” published in the New Yorker Magazine in May 2018.
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, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP English-style rubric.
The central text is the essay is Edwidge Danticat’s short story, “Without Inspection.” The students will complete a plot diagram graphic organizer for the story. The long video used is from The Chicago Humanities Festival “Edwidge Danticat: The Art of Death.” Links to different NPR, New Yorker articles and many videos showing the themes of the unit. There is a short paragraph writing opportunity writing as Darline on the day after the story ends. The entire lessons act as a building of context for a rhetorical analysis on “Without Inspection.”
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.