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Practice with Argument: Scott Olson’s Photography of Ferguson, Missouri

Practice with Argument: Scott Olson’s Photography of Ferguson, Missouri
Practice with Argument: Scott Olson’s Photography of Ferguson, Missouri
Practice with Argument: Scott Olson’s Photography of Ferguson, Missouri
Practice with Argument: Scott Olson’s Photography of Ferguson, Missouri
Practice with Argument: Scott Olson’s Photography of Ferguson, Missouri
Practice with Argument: Scott Olson’s Photography of Ferguson, Missouri
Practice with Argument: Scott Olson’s Photography of Ferguson, Missouri
Practice with Argument: Scott Olson’s Photography of Ferguson, Missouri
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Scott Olson, of Getty Images, is a courageous photographer who witnessed the events in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. He was in fact briefly arrested by the police. Using Scott Olson's photography, students will review important rhetorical strategies, close read and annotate text, view supporting video clips, evaluate a writing prompt, formulate the thesis for an argument essay on Susan’s Sontag’s opinion on photography from the 2001 AP English Language exam and view scored student sample essays with commentary. A link to an appropriate rubric is included to assist with scoring the essays generated from the activity. NPR stories profile Scott Olson’s photography. The students will discuss two specific photographs in discussion and guiding questions are provided. Also included in the lesson is a Bill Moyers interview of journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, in his program, “The United States of Ferguson.” This lesson prepares students for AP Literature and AP Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, the SAT 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. The Socratic seminar acts as a poetry explication. The packet includes a complete lesson, common core standards, essential and key questions. An opening, work session, and closing is provided for each of the three lessons.

Tags: photography, Advanced Composition, Socratic Seminar, writing, AP Literature, critical thinking, argument, Scott Olson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, annotations, rhetorical appeals, Susan Sontag, On Photography, Ferguson, race relations

Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
3 days
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