In a resource where students practice challenging, refuting or qualifying an argument, students examine injustices in the agricultural fields through film, documentary, and art exhibits. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument about artists’ strong desire to portray underdogs fighting against the rich and powerful. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a rhetorical précis, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
The Counterpunch film review, “Steinbeck’s Red Devils,” of James Franco’s film adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel In Dubious Battle by Louis Proyect is the central text in these lessons. Film clips from In Dubious Battle and interview with James Franco are part of the resource. There is an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. In this resource, there are interviews with Eric Schlosser and a video and display of Don Coen’s paintings from The Migrant Series. TED TALKS involving the migrant struggle are also in this resource.
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 it acts as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, labor unions, adversity, American Literature, argument