In 2014, Ta Nehisi Coates sent shock waves around the country with his well-researched article, "The Case for Reparations" published in the Atlantic Monthly. In the article, Coates focuses on 20th Century forms of economic discrimination against African Americans, particularly the practice known as redlining in Chicago’s housing industry. He makes strong arguments for reparations, using statistical evidence, emotional testimony, and sharp observations. Links to multimedia clips and NPR stories explore Coate’s ideas through interviews, documents, and images. There are links to help students review the rhetorical triangle and how to apply these appeals to the literature. A link is provided to seven different opinions by accessing The New York Times series Room for Debate, as well as The Case for Reparations that was published in the Atlantic Monthly. This reading will provide the students an opportunity to use their synthesis skills as they engaged in Socratic Seminar and essay writing.
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. Writing rubrics, prompts, and student samples can be found here. Commentary on the student samples is by an experience scorer of AP essays for the College Board. Complete Common Core standards included.
Key words: AP English Language, African American History, American Literature, reparations, social justice, argument, Socratic Seminar, synthesis, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Common Core, redlining, discrimination, race