This lesson gets students to write with greater depth in regards to argument. The student will learn to write more profoundly about argument by analyzing Kehinde Wiley‘s art. The students will analyze painting at the New Republic exhibit. In addition, the students will participate in a Socratic Seminar analyzing how a quote about going against the grain match Wiley’s art. 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.
A TED TALK, “The story we tell about poverty isn't true,” by Mia Birdsong is utilized, as is an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. Other interviews with the artist help the students understand the assessment tasks.
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.
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.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, art, Art History, argument