Using Martin Luther King’s, “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” students will review important rhetorical devices and appeals, close read and annotate the text, view supporting video clips, listen to an NPR story, view a TED TALK on modern day civil disobedience, view the writing prompt, and examine a student sample. There is also a link to AP Multiple Choice questions and an answer key that uses King’s essay. There is a color-coded sample of “Letter from Birmingham Jail" available. There is also an opportunity to write a Rhetorical Précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this activity to your students.
These four lessons prepares students for the 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 synthesis an argument from articles from The New York Times Room for Debate series. The packet includes complete lessons, common core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags:, Debate, American Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, argument, AP Language, Pre-AP, Martin Luther King, critical thinking, Civil Rights Movement, Racism, civil disobedience, leadership, inspiration, ethical appeals