Practice with Comparisons: “Parsley” and “The Farming of Bones.”

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Using Rita Dove’s poem, “Parsely”” and Edwidge Danticat’s excerpt from The Farming of Bones, students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate the texts, view supporting video clips, listen to an NPR story, view a TED Talk, evaluate the writing prompt by providing a link to a terrific lesson written by a master professor of rhetoric and literature, and examine an excellent student sample essay. Dove’s poem and Danticat’s passage detail a tragedy in the 1930s where many Haitians were murdered by Dominican Republican dictator Rafael Trujillo. These lessons prepares students for AP Literature and Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT essay and critical thinking activities.

In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. The Socratic seminar acts as a poetry explication. The packet includes a complete lesson, common core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags: poetry explication, American Literature, World Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry, AP Literature, AP Language, Pre-AP, genocide, critical thinking, ethnic cleansing, Haiti, Dominican Republic, dictatorship, TED Talk, NPR
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Practice with Comparisons:  “Parsley” and “The Farming of Bones.”
Practice with Comparisons:  “Parsley” and “The Farming of Bones.”
Practice with Comparisons:  “Parsley” and “The Farming of Bones.”
Practice with Comparisons:  “Parsley” and “The Farming of Bones.”