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In a resource where students practice qualifying an argument, students learn about The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is a book by Michelle Alexander, a civil rights litigator and legal scholar. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument about mass incarceration in the United States. 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 central texts in the resource are an excerpt from Michelle Alexander’s book and an Atlantic Monthly essay on the issue by Ta-Nehisi Coates. A TED TALK on by Michelle Alexander is utilized, as is an opportunity to write a SOAPSTone analysis as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students.
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.
Tags: AP English Language, mass incarceration, Michelle Alexander, argument, Socratic Seminar, race, relations, American Literature, Common Core, discrimination, non-fiction, inequality, The New Jim Crow
NEW IN 2018
New original argument writing prompt
Many videos for helping students writing arguments
Insertion of Ta-Nahesi Coates’ essay
Paragraph prompt and frame
Reformatted the entire resource
Suggestions for ESOL and flipped classrooms
Added two more lessons (now six daily lessons)
Added resources on rhetorical situation
Added new graphic organizers