Lin-Manuel Miranda writes about the people living in Washington Heights New York City in his first musical, "In the Heights" Students will analyze the literary techniques used to characterize the people in the neighborhood in the opening portion of the musical.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on as well as a TED Talk on reviving neighborhoods. Included in the material is a link to a New York Times article on Lin-Manuel Miranda and Washington Heights.
The lesson features an original prompt modeled on Question #2 the 2009B AP English Literature and Composition examination. Students will work on crafting a persuasive thesis sentence for the prompt. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis, gallery walk and the Socratic Seminar.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or 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.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, neighborhood, alienation, theme