Using Barbara Lazear Ascher’s “On Compassion,” students will review important rhetorical devices and appeals, close read and annotate the text, view supporting video clips, listen to an NPR story on compassion and homelessness, view a TED TALK on a writer who found herself homeless for a year, evaluate the writing prompt, and examine a student samples on rhetorical analysis. There is also a link to AP Multiple Choice questions on “On Compassion” and an answer key. There is also an opportunity to write a SOAPSTone, as well as supporting material for teaching this to your students.
These four lessons prepares students for AP Language exam, Common Core extended response assessments, American and 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 on Homeless in New York and other large cities. The packet includes complete lessons, common core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags:, Debate, American Literature, compassion, Socratic Seminar, writing, argument, AP Language, Pre-AP, Barbara Lazear Ascher, critical thinking, justice, actions , annotations, TED TALK, NPR