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This 100% editable lesson for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or for teaching argumentative writing with exemplars is no prep. Your high school students will be engaged and challenged as they work through the carefully paired texts and expertly written prompt. If your state has adopted Common Core testing, then this comparing and contrasting literary analysis is directly aligned with that format. If not, a task such as this one will definitely add a challenging component to your reading and writing curriculum.
Student Experience: Students will recognize how authors share their opinions through their words, examples, figurative language, use of counterclaims, and rhetorical devices set with a Black History theme. The two texts chosen (Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream" and Atticus Finch's "Closing Remarks" from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird) are both from the canon of great literary works, but the pairing of fact and fiction allows for the critical thinking and rigor needed in upper grades ELA classrooms. Also, I have included suggestions for working with these texts before administering the writing task; however, you could use this as a cold writing task for students as well.
There is no need to read the entire novel for this prompt pack to be effective. It is completely self-contained with everything you need including easy-to-print excerpts, graphic organizers, sample paper, etc. in this one download!
Suggestions for use:
-Excellent for a mini unit for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or Black History Month.
-It is also a useful tool for supplementing the To Kill a Mockingbird movie with a text-based lesson since a complete movie viewing guide is included.
-Another way to use this lesson would be as a culminating writing task for your novel study of To Kill a Mockingbird.
-Use it as a text-based writing prompt to practice for an argumentative compare/contrast Common Core state writing assessment.
- Graphic organizers
- Sample paper
- Teacher's Guide
- Bonus: To Kill a Mockingbird Movie Guide
- 100% editable PPT format
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