Practice with Argument: Nancy Mair’s “On Being a Cripple.”

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Using Nancy Mair’s essay, “On Being a Cripple,” 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 wonderful ESPN documentary featuring a blind athlete and a double amputee athlete, evaluate the writing prompt, and examine scored student sample essays from a link to the 1992 English Language and Composition prompt on a passage from Mair’s “On Being a Cripple.” There is also a link to AP Multiple Choice questions and an answer key that uses Mair’s essay. There is also an opportunity to write a Rhetorical Précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this 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 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, Nancy Mair, critical thinking, ESPN, Eurydice, annotations, Leroy Sutton, Dartanyon Crockett, Lisa Fenn, inspiration, disabilities, ethical appeals


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Practice with Argument: Nancy Mair’s “On Being a Cripple.”
Practice with Argument: Nancy Mair’s “On Being a Cripple.”
Practice with Argument: Nancy Mair’s “On Being a Cripple.”
Practice with Argument: Nancy Mair’s “On Being a Cripple.”
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