John Moore’s Photograph, “Crying Toddler at the Border: Practice with Argument

John Moore’s Photograph, “Crying  Toddler at the Border: Practice with Argument
John Moore’s Photograph, “Crying  Toddler at the Border: Practice with Argument
John Moore’s Photograph, “Crying  Toddler at the Border: Practice with Argument
John Moore’s Photograph, “Crying  Toddler at the Border: Practice with Argument
John Moore’s Photograph, “Crying  Toddler at the Border: Practice with Argument
John Moore’s Photograph, “Crying  Toddler at the Border: Practice with Argument
John Moore’s Photograph, “Crying  Toddler at the Border: Practice with Argument
John Moore’s Photograph, “Crying  Toddler at the Border: Practice with Argument
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Students learn about the photography on the Mexican border by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer John Moore.

This lesson encourages students to write an argument essay.

Students will read, listen to and view supporting video and audio clips while learning the necessary elements to understand the theme of photography. 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 English-style rubric.

The central text is The New York Times article, “Where Fear and Hope Collide: Images From Mexican Border, and Beyond,” by Azam Ahmed. The videos used are, “Inside look at a Texas shelter for immigrant children” & “Families separated by the border share hugs and tears at special reunion.” Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and many videos showing the themes of the unit. There is a short paragraph writing opportunity writing to analyze the photo of the crying toddler at the border.” The students will be reading an interview with John Moore and on charts provided in the appendix; they will complete the evaluation of ethos, logos, and pathos. The entire lessons act as a building of context for an argument essay about photography from the 2003 Advanced Placement English Language Composition Exam.


These 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 the lessons act as support for the rhetorical analysis. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
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