In a resource where students practice challenging, refuting or qualifying an argument, students learn about immigration, protest, and paintings. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument about art and political activism. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE analysis, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
A recent New York Times op-ed “We Need Protests. And Paintings,” by Héctor Tobar is the central text of this resource. A TED TALK on “This is What Democracy Looks Like,” by Anthony D. Romero is utilized, as is an opportunity to write a SOAPSTONE analysis as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation and Favianna Rodriguez’s art as well as an examination of Linda Vallejo’s art and the Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A” art exhibit.
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 an explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.