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This lesson encourages students to write an argument essay.
Students learn about the life of Muhammad Ali and Michael Mann’s film on the champion boxer.
Students will read, listen to and view supporting video and audio clips while learning the necessary elements to establish their argument on the theme of the unit. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, short paragraph assessments, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP English-style rubric.
The central text is The Village Voice review in 2016, “Now Is the Time to Discover Michael Mann’s Ali,” by Bilge Ebiri. The students will complete an evaluation on an audience graphic organizer on this essay. The TED TALK used is, “What Joe Frazier Taught Me,” by Keith Jason. There is a 50-question viewing guide for Michael Mann’s director’s cut of the film, Ali that is available on Amazon dot com. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and many videos showing the themes of the unit, including documentaries on the fight in Miami (Made in Miami-available on Amazon streaming) and on Joe Frazier. There is a short paragraph writing opportunity writing to Lonnie Ali, his wife and an analysis paragraph assessing Ali’s greatness. Students will listening to an interview with Jonathan Ing, recent biographer of Muhammad Ali they will complete the evaluation of ethos, logos, and pathos. They will have a choice to analyze Ali’s “This I Believe” speech. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation on the NPR’s Talk of the Nation interview with Howard Bingham, Muhammad Ali’s photographer. There is a purpose analysis on “Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell: Foils and Friends Bound by Mutual Respect,” by Richard Sandomir & the students will complete a PAPA Square for Rhetorical Analysis for the “Preface, Miami 1964” from Jonathan Ing’s Ali: A Life.
The students will read another excerpt from Jonathan Ing’s Ali: A Life about The Fight of the Century, his battle with Joe Frazier. There is a link to several episodes to Ing’s podcast, “Chasing Ali” and a Fresh Air interview with the author. The final assessments are a Socratic Seminar and an argument prompt on Bilge Ebiri’s assessment on Michael Mann’s film, Ali.
These nine 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 explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Added in early 2018
Added a lesson about rhetorical situation
Added resources to teach rhetorical situation
Added a sample essay for the prompt
Added video with Howard Bingham photographs
added 2 videos (Olympic Flame, NPR story)
added a 50-question viewing guide for film
included answer key for viewing guide
added SOAPSTONE (deleted rhetorical precis)
New in November 2018:
Reformatted & added 2 more lessons. Fixed links. Added more videos, audios, print sources, rhetorical situation, purpose, audience, ethos, logos, and pathos analysis. Short writing prompts with paragraph frames. Excerpts from Jonathan Ing’s biography. Links to documentaries. Resource is up to 48 pages.