Ana Tijoux a French-Chilean musician, has often been praised for the social justice content in her lyrics. Tijoux is the daughter of Chilean parents living in political exile in France during Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship in Chile. Her hip-hop artistry knows no borders.
There are many links to video and audio resources for analyzing the argument within Ana Tijoux’s life and art. There are links to multiple music videos, text to an NPR and Democracy Now interview, a video about her Duke University residency, and English translations of three of her songs. The resource features an original prompt based on responding to a Tijoux quote about codes found in poor neighborhoods throughout the world. Students will craft a thesis sentence for an argument that agrees, refutes, or qualifies Tijoux’s argument.
Also, there is a graphic organizer designed as a rhetorical triangle where students will look for appeals made by Ana Tijoux in her Democracy Now interview. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis, and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, World and 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. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, hip-hop, capitalism, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom