Kassem Eid wrote an essay in the April 9, 2017 New York Times. He described in detail his surviving a Sarin Gas Attack in Syria in 2013. The essay comes a week after the Syrian government launch chemical attacks against its own people in April 2017.
There are many links to video and audio resources for analyzing the argument that Kassem Eid makes. There are links to NPR stories, a CNN interview, and a TED Talk on Syria. The resource features an original prompt based on responding to a quote spoken by Kassem Eid on CNN in April 2017 after President Trump retaliated against the Syrian atrocities. Students will craft an argumentative thesis sentence for an argument that agrees, refutes, or qualifies Eid’s argument.
Also, there is a graphic organizer designed as a rhetorical triangle where students will look for appeals from President Trump’s remarks on the Syrian gas attacks. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis, and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, 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. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, war crimes, Sarin Gas, survivors, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom