Ernest Hemingway states, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
There are many links to video and audio resources for analyzing the argument about Paris in the 1920s. There are links to the documentary, “The Lost Generation.” The resource features an original prompt based on responding to Hemingway quote about the effects of Paris on a young person. Students will craft an argumentative thesis sentence for an argument that agrees, refutes, or qualifies the Hemingway quotation.
Also, there is a graphic organizer designed as a rhetorical triangle where students will look for appeals from a Corey Stoll interview on playing Ernest Hemingway in the film, “Midnight in Paris.” The resource uses several NPR stories, including a look at a Life Magazine from 1964 where excerpts from A Moveable Feast were published. Also, there is a link to a 1972 New Yorker magazine essay on the artistic life in Paris during the 1920s.
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, 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, Paris, art, 1920s, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom, Ernest Hemingway