Using Laura Bohannan’s, “Shakespeare in the Bush,” students will review important rhetorical devices and appeals, close read and annotate the text, view supporting video clips including an interactive clip from The Lion King on Broadway. Students will listen to a PRX story on hip hop and Hamlet, view a TED TALK on the creative imagination by Julie Taymor, view the writing prompt from the 2000 AP English Literature exam, and examine student samples. There is also a link to AP Multiple Choice questions and an answer key that uses Laura Bohannan’s essay. There is also an opportunity to write a Rhetorical Précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this to your students.
These four lessons prepare students for AP Literature and Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. This lesson is perfect when studying Shakespeare, Hamlet, Things Fall Apart, or independent of those choices.
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. Students will be asked to synthesis an argument from articles from The New York Times Room for Debate series. The debate used is on which classics students should read in their first year in college. The packet includes complete lessons, common core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags:, Debate, American Literature, World Literature, British Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, argument, AP Language, Pre-AP, AP Literature, Hamlet, critical thinking, Shakespeare, Griots, West Africa, storytelling, rhetorical appeals, Laura Bohannan, TED TALKS, Julie Taymor, hip hop