In February 2017, the New York Times ran a headline story in the Sunday paper on the water crisis in Mexico City, and how the city is in fact sinking. The lessons in this resource make an argument for solving the global fresh water drinking crisis.
There are many links to videos, interviews, resources for analyzing the argument. The resource features an original prompt based on responding to a Matt Damon quote about the clean water crisis.
Also, there is a graphic organizer designed as a rhetorical triangle where students will look for appeals from an interview with author Paolo Bacigalupi, rancher Kathleen Curry, Tribal energy and economic consultant Roger Fragua, Colorado state historian Patty Limerick and clean water activist Melissa Mays. Students will craft an argumentative thesis sentence.
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. There is an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, protest, Native Americans, American History, theme, ELL adaptable material