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Practice with Argument— Star Wars and the Fantasy of American Violence

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The lessons work on collecting details for an essay assessment that focuses on argument related to violence, democracy, and war waged within and from The United States.

The College Board's 2011 AP English Language and Composition examination prompt on a Thomas Paine quote on America and an argument to see if it holds true today is used with links to student samples and a lesson on forming excellent to adequate thesis sentences or claims.

These lessons fit in well into any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, or AP English Language class.

Students will also close read and annotate the text by Roy Scranton titled, ”Star Wars and the Fantasy of American Violence” that appeared in the New York Times. Students will view supporting video clips, and listen to NPR stories of veterans of war and an interview of Scranton.

There are images associated with war and an art project for the students to create and share with the class. There is a link to video clips from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Howard Zinn’s The People’s History of American Empires, and a Bill Moyer's interview with cultural historian Richard Slotkin about the role of firearms in America's national psyche. The resource has an explanation on how portions of the lessons can be used in the flipped classroom situation.

There is also an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. These four lessons prepare students for AP Language and Literature exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American and World 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 fishbowl discussion with the rubric. The packet includes complete lessons, common core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags: Socratic Seminar, writing, argument, Pre-AP, critical thinking, Thomas Paine, democracy, violence, Star Wars

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