Practice with Analysis: Ralph Ellison’s, “On Bird, Bird-Watching, and Jazz.”

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Using Ralph Ellison’s, “On Bird, Bird-Watching, and Jazz students will review important rhetorical devices, author’s purpose, close read and annotate the text, view supporting video clips, listen to an NPR story on Charlie Parker’s influence on contemporary musician, view a TED TALK on jazz improvisation, a link to view the writing prompt from the 2003 AP Language Exam on the value of entertainment, and examine scored student sample essays with commentary. There is also a link to AP Multiple Choice questions and an answer key that uses Ellison’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 the AP Language exam, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities

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. This lesson uses “The Cost of Being an Artist.” The packet includes complete lessons, common core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags:, Debate, American Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, argument, AP Language, Pre-AP, Charlie Parker, critical thinking, jazz, improvisation, order & chaos, Ralph Ellison, TED TALKS, NPR, Bird

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Practice with Analysis: Ralph Ellison’s, “On Bird, Bird-Wa
Practice with Analysis: Ralph Ellison’s, “On Bird, Bird-Wa
Practice with Analysis: Ralph Ellison’s, “On Bird, Bird-Wa
Practice with Analysis: Ralph Ellison’s, “On Bird, Bird-Wa