In a resource where students practice challenging, refuting or qualifying an argument, they are exposed to Beyoncé’s videos for “Freedom” and her 2017 Grammy performance. While reading, listening to and viewing supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument about Beyoncé’s purpose in her music, students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric. In the appendix are two student sample essays with differing views on the argument.
A TED TALK on “What Beyonce Taught Me About Race,” by Brittany Barron is utilized as is an opportunity to write a SIFT Analysis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students.
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 explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, hip hop, American Literature, argument