In a resource where students practice challenging, refuting or qualifying an argument, students learn about what constitutes “cool” in America. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument about “cool.” 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.
A recent New York Times op-ed, “How Cool Works in America Today” is the central text in these lessons. A TED TALK on “Why Cool Matters” by Joel Dinerstein is utilized, as is an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. An NPR story on Kendrick Lamar visiting a New Jersey high school is also featured, as well as a short video documenting the visit. There is also an animated version of Gwendolyn Brook’s “We Real Cool,” as well as another NPR story about her poem.
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, cool, hip, American Literature, argument