In a resource where students practice writing an argument, students learn the arguments for gun control. On March 24, 2018, millions marched in the streets for sensible gun control. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument for gun control stemming from the Parkland, Florida shooting. 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 main text of the lesson is Emma Gonzalez's essay, “Why This Generation Needs Gun Control.” A TED TALK on gun control is utilized, as is an opportunity to work with rhetorical situation as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. A speech by Emma Gonzalez is used for rhetorical situation study.
These 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 it acts as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.