This lesson encourages students to qualifying an argument
Students learn about what constitutes “cool” in America.
Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument about what is cool in contemporary culture. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, short paragraph assessment, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
A recent New York Times op-ed, “How Cool Works in America Today” is the central text in these lessons. A TED TALK on “Why Cool Matters” by Joel Dinerstein is utilized in this resource. There is a short paragraph writing opportunity about writing a paragraph letter to the teacher, in the voice of Kendrick Lamar. Students will be watching, “A Visit From Kendrick Lamar — Best Day Of School Ever?” on charts provided in the appendix, they will complete the evaluation of ethos, logos, and pathos. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation on The Washington Post article, “American Cool: An Interview with the curators,” by Philip Kennicott. There is also an animated version of Gwendolyn Brook’s “We Real Cool,” as well as another NPR story about her poem. The students will complete a PAPA Square for Rhetorical Analysis for The New York Times article, “Hoping to Honor Hendrix on the Street Where He Once Lived” by Corey Kilgannon & The New York Times article, “Earning the ‘Woke’ Badge” by Amanda Hess. The entire lessons act as an explication and a building of context for the argument essays assessment about “cool.”
These seven daily 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 support for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.