Madeleine Albright’s Address at Mount Holyoke College— Practice with Analysis

Madeleine Albright’s Address at Mount Holyoke College— Practice with Analysis
Madeleine Albright’s Address at Mount Holyoke College— Practice with Analysis
Madeleine Albright’s Address at Mount Holyoke College— Practice with Analysis
Madeleine Albright’s Address at Mount Holyoke College— Practice with Analysis
Madeleine Albright’s Address at Mount Holyoke College— Practice with Analysis
Madeleine Albright’s Address at Mount Holyoke College— Practice with Analysis
Madeleine Albright’s Address at Mount Holyoke College— Practice with Analysis
Madeleine Albright’s Address at Mount Holyoke College— Practice with Analysis
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  1. Rhetorical Analysis can be challenging for students and difficult to teach but it is a necessary critical thinking skill required for college and the world of work. The College Board's AP English Language and Composition course and exam feature a writing task for students to dive deep into the rheto
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This lesson encourages students to write a rhetorical analysis.

Students learn about Madeleine Albright's commencement speech to the graduating class of Mount Holyoke College

Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the speech. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, a Socratic Seminar, short paragraph responses and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.

The central texts are two op-eds from The New York Times, “Will We Stop Trump Before It Is Too Late,” by Madeleine Albright & “The Thickest Glass Ceiling in the Marine Corps Breaks,” by Teresa Fazio. The TED TALKS used are “On being a woman and a diplomat,” by Madeleine Albright & “The Thickest Glass Ceiling in the Marine Corps Breaks,” by Teresa Fazio. Links to different NPR stories and videos showing the themes of the women around the world acting with courage and faith in the resource. There is a narrative writing opportunity about the possibility of fascism creeping into our own society. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation in Madeleine Albright’s commencement speech to the graduating class of Mount Holyoke College. All the lessons act as an explication and a building of context for the rhetorical analysis on the 2018 AP English Language exam.

These six 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 argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.



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