While Samuel Beckett wrote Waiting for Godot, Wendell Pierce wrote a memoir, The Wind in the Reeds, where he writes of the experience of performing Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, in the Ninth Ward. There is a link to Chapter 1 of The Wind in the Reeds in this resource. Students will review important rhetorical devices and appeals, close read and annotate the text, view supporting video clips, listen to several NPR story on Wendell Pierce and New Orleans, view a TED TALK on public art in New Orleans, view the writing prompt for the 2016 AP English Language prompt on disobedience, rebellion, and social progress as well as the 2012 AP English Literature essay Question #3 on the cultural, physical, and geographical effects on a character. The choice depends if the students are reading Waiting for Godot. This unit can be done to add a New Orleans flavor for students after and during the reading of the play. The lessons can work independent of studying Samuel Beckett’s play in an argument unit. 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 and Literature exams, 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 debate on the effectiveness of FEMA. The packet includes complete lessons, common core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags:, Debate, American Literature, World Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, argument, AP Language, Pre-AP, Wendell Pierce, FEMA, critical thinking, Hurricane Katina, absurdity, Samuel Beckett, rhetorical appeals, New Orleans, TED TALKS, NPR