This lesson encourages students to write with greater profundity when qualifying an argument. Students learn about the death of Oscar Grant III and the film, Fruitvale Station. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument about the responsibility of social justice through film. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, a Socratic seminar, two short paragraph responses, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
The TED TALK “Black Life at the Intersection of Birth and Death,” by Mwende Katwiwa is used in this resource. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and videos showing the themes of the responsibility of social justice through film. There is a narrative writing opportunity to Oscar Grant’s daughter. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation in the discussion with Ryan Coogler, director of Fruitvale Station. All the lessons act as an explication and a building of context for the an original argument writing prompt based on qualifying a statement made by A.O. Scott, the New York Times film reviewer of Fruitvale Station.
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.