There has been a global debate about climate change and the lack of action that nations have put forth to combat the great challenge of our age. This is a question that is explored in this resource that focuses on argument. Links to multimedia clips and NPR stories explore Climate Change, and images of the damage climate changes have done. There is a graphic novel that explains the causes of the problem. There are links to help students review the rhetorical triangle and how to apply these appeals to the literature. A link is provided to seven different opinions by accessing The New York Times series Room for Debate. This will provide the students an opportunity to use their synthesis skills as they engaged in Socratic Seminar.
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 2002 B AP English Language Question #3 is a perfect fit to use when assessing this unit. The students will analyze Wendell Berry’s argument regarding technology and the environment. 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.
Key words: AP English Language, speech and debate, Climate Change, environment, agriculture, social justice, argument, Socratic Seminar, synthesis, Wendell Berry, American Literature, Common Core, Environmental Science, poetry