The letters between John Adams and Abigail Adams are an American treasure. In one letter, Abigail writes her son John Quincy, the future President of the United States. In the letter Abigail extols her son to be excellent.
These lessons examine the idea of motherhood, fatherhood, and raising children to reach their potential. An NPR Talk of the nation explains Abigail’s influence as mother, wife, and politician. A Ted Talk explains the 21st Century challenges of being an excellent parent. There are multimedia clips from HBO’s John Adams and 1776 the Musical.
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. There is a link to the College Board’s AP Central site where the 2014 AP English Language Question #2 is a perfect fit to use when assessing this unit. The students will analyze Abigail Adams’s letter to her son. Links to the rubric, the essay, the prompt, and student samples can be found here. Expert analysis for the essay scores is also provided. Complete Common Core standards included. Essential and key questions, links to video clips and resources are also included. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing structure.
Tags: AP English Language, speech and debate, motherhood, fatherhood, 1776, Revolutionary War, argument, Socratic Seminar, synthesis, Abigail Adams, American Literature, Common Core, John Adams, Ted Talks, NPR, John Quincy Adams, parenting