Practice with Argument: Margaret Thatcher’s Eulogy for Ronald Reagan

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Using Margaret Thatcher’s “Eulogy for Ronald Reagan,” students will review important rhetorical devices and appeals; close read and annotate the text; view supporting video clips such as a 1980s SNL skit and a 2013 Bill Maher rant on Reagan; listen to several NPR stories; and view a comparison performance between Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher and Margaret Thatcher (herself) in the House of Commons. Students will view a TED TALK on the lessons of Reagan’s Trickle down economics, and examine the writing free response task for the 2016 AP English Language exam prompt on Thatcher’s Eulogy for Reagan. A recent Atlantic Monthly article that features Reagan’s influence on today’s candidates is available. There is also an opportunity to write a Rhetorical Précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this rhetorical analysis to your students.

These four lessons prepares students for AP Language exam, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature 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 synthesize an argument from articles from The New York Times Room for Debate series. The debate on whether Ronald Reagan could lead today’s G.O.P is used. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags: Debate, American Literature, British Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, argument, AP Language, Pre-AP, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, critical thinking, Republican politics, leadership, inspiration, rhetorical appeals, The Cold War, trickle-down economics, Saturday Night Live, Meryl Streep, eulogy



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Practice with Argument: Margaret Thatcher’s Eulogy for Ron
Practice with Argument: Margaret Thatcher’s Eulogy for Ron
Practice with Argument: Margaret Thatcher’s Eulogy for Ron
Practice with Argument: Margaret Thatcher’s Eulogy for Ron