This lesson encourages students to write with greater profundity when analyzing an argument. Norman Mailer wrote The Fight, based on the epic boxing match between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument. 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 videos of Will Smith preparing to become Muhammad Ali is in this resource. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and videos showing the context for the fight in Zaire between Ali and Foreman are part of these lessons. There is a short paragraph writing opportunity writing to analyze the fight in the second lesson. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation based on an NPR story on Foreman coping with the loss. The entire lessons act as an explication and a building of context for an original argument analysis-writing prompt based the knockout from Norman Mailer’s book, The Fight. A link to the text is provided. There is a 30-question viewing guide and answer key for the documentary, “When We Were Kings.”
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.