David Sedaris is one of America’s most beloved comic essayists. In his volume of essays, Me Talk Pretty One Day; Sedaris recounts his experiences while learning French and assimilating to French culture while living as an expatriate. This resource set includes links to the short pieces, “Me Talk Pretty One Day ” and “Jesus Shaves.”
Students will view supporting video clips on the argument as well as an inspiring TED Talk on women humorists changing society. Included in the material is a link to a series of articles from The New York Times Room for Debate on French and American culture.
The lesson features the 2010 AP English Language and Composition examination free response argument prompt on the role of humorists in society. Students will craft a thesis sentence that defends, challenges or qualifies the prompt. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis and the Socratic Seminar.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, French class, argument