Using a speech William Shakespeare inserted for a collaborative play, Sir Thomas More, students will review important rhetorical devices and appeals, close read and annotate the text, and view supporting video clips on Europe’s refugee crisis. Video clips examining recent songs by Radiohead and M.I.A on the crisis are also included. Students will listen to an NPR story on Shakespeare and Thomas More’s migrants’ speech, view performances of the speech by Ian McKellen, and view a TED TALK on a refugee’s survivor tale at sea. The students will analyze Scott Russell Sander’s critique of Salman Rushdie’s “effect on mass migrations” that appeared on the 2007 AP English Language exam. Links to the rubric, the speech, the prompt, and student samples can be found here. Expert analysis in the Student Q/A section for the prompt and its intentions is also provided. There is also an opportunity to write a SOAPSTone, as well as supporting material for teaching this to your students.
These four lessons prepares the students for the AP Language exam, Common Core extended response assessments, American and 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 on Refugees and Europe after the Paris Attacks. The packet includes complete lessons, common core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Debate, American Literature, World Literature, British Literature, compassion, refugees, Socratic Seminar, writing, argument, AP Language, Pre-AP, William Shakespeare, critical thinking, justice, migrants , annotations, TED TALK, NPR, Radiohead, M.I.A, Ian McKellen