The third essay question from the 2017 AP English Language exam is an argument about the use of artifice as described by a passage from Empire of Illusions by Chris Hedges.
There are many links to video, audio, and print resources for studying the concept of the use of artifice in politics, literature, and corporations. Also included is a TED Talk on “Astroturf and Manipulation of Media Messages.” The students will study Chapter 5 from The Great Gatsby and the use of artifice. There are annotations, videos, and analysis designed to help students understand the chapter where Gatsby uses artifice to sway Daisy in Nick Carraway’s home. The resource has a comparison of a Nike ad with Arab women wearing Nikes compared to tweets that describe reality. Also, the branding of Nike is compared to the reality of sweatshops in Indonesia.
The lessons features a link to the Question #3 prompt from the 2017 AP English Language exam. There is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence for an argument that agrees, disagrees, or qualifies an author’s argument. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical precis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, American Literature or 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. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, artifice, propaganda, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom