In a resource where students practice challenging, refuting or qualifying an argument, students learn about the policing in predominantly African American neighborhoods in Ferguson Missouri and in Harlem, New York. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the injustice that occurs in these neighborhoods. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a rhetorical précis, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
The New Republic film review, “What Ferguson Means Now,” by Lovia Gyarkye is the central text in these lessons. The documentary “Whose Streets,” by Damon Davis and Sabaah Folayan is also a focal point in this resource. There is an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. In this resource, there are interviews with the directors of the film. A link to an excerpt from James Baldwin’s classic essay, “Fifth Avenue Uptown: A Letter from Harlem is used in these lessons, as well as 12 AP style multiple choice questions corresponding to Baldwin’s essay.
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, racism, Ferguson, American Literature, argument