This lesson encourages students to write with greater profundity when qualifying an argument. Students learn Hurricanes Irma and Maria destroying Puerto Rico and the efforts to feed Puerto Ricans in the aftermath. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument about the responsibility of helping those in need. 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 TED TALK “How a Team of Chefs Fed Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria,” by José Andrés & The 2018 Frontline Episode, “Blackout in Puerto Rico” is used in this resource. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and videos showing the themes of resiliency in the face of a hurricane disaster. There is a narrative writing opportunity writing in the voice of a child receiving a hot meal from Chef José Andrés. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation in an interview with Chef José Andrés at SXSW. All the lessons act as an explication and a building of context for an original argument writing prompt based on qualifying a statement made by Chef José Andrés in interview on the future of Puerto Rico and its debt.
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 the lessons act as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.