These lessons encourage students to write with greater profundity when challenging, refuting or qualifying an argument. Gregory Crewdson's photography is explored in this resource. Students are exposed to multimedia that teaches the context, rhetorical appeals and other techniques to understand photography. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through Socratic Seminar and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
The photographs from Gregory Crewdson’s “Beneath the Roses” photograph series is the central work in this resource. Students will evaluate a writing prompt. They will formulate the thesis for an argument essay, from Susan’s Sontag’s opinion on photography on the 2001 AP English Language exam. There is a link to student sample essays with commentary. A link to an appropriate rubric is included to assist with scoring the essays generated from the activity. NPR stories profile Gregory Crewdson’s photography. The students will discuss two specific photographs in discussion, using the guiding questions provided.
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.