In a resource where students practice challenging, refuting or qualifying an argument, students learn about the three days during and after John F. Kennedy’s assassination and Jacqueline Kennedy’s grace under pressure. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the line between myth making and truth. 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 New York Times film review, “Jackie: Under the Widow’s Weeds, a Myth Marketer,” by Manohla Dargis is the central text in these lessons. A documentary, “The Kennedy Mystique: Creating Camelot.” is utilized, as 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 Natalie Portman in preparing for her role and on the film.
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, grace under pressure, First Ladies, American Literature, argument