In a resource where students practice challenging, refuting or qualifying an argument, students take a second look at Michael Mann’s Ali, 17 years after its initial release. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument about the political assessment of the film. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a rhetorical précis, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
The Village Voice film review, “Now Is the Time to Discover Michael Mann’s Ali,” by Bilge Ebiri,” is the central text in these lessons. Film clips from “Ali” as well as side-by-side comparisons with Will Smith’s performance with the actual footage of Muhammad Ali are part of the resource. There is an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. In this resource, there are interviews with the director of the film. A link is provided to an NPR “This I Believe” with Muhammad Ali as well as a fan produced video based on the text.
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.
There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as it acts as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, boxing, adversity, American Literature, argument