Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on their Presidential campaigns did not speak much about the children who live in poverty in this country. Some studies say 1 in 5, or 1 in 3 children in the United States live in poverty. Is this a moral failing of our country? In an essay written just before the 2016 Presidential election, Nicolas Kristof, in a New York Times essay titled, “3 TVs and No Food: Growing Up Poor in America,” writes about our national tragedy.
Students will view supporting video clips on the argument. The lesson contains links to 18 photographs on poverty in America, where a gallery walk is conducted. There are samples and example videos on conducting a gallery walk. Students will view an inspiring TED Talk where a young man miraculously escaped the cycle of poverty. Also, a link to a series of articles from The New York Times Room for Debate on a war on poverty is included.
There is an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. An original prompt on analyzing the rhetoric in Kristof’s essay is featured. Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or 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 it acts 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, poverty, argument