Jay-Z was raised in the Marcy Projects of Brooklyn, New York. He overcame a childhood filled with drugs, violence, and hardships to become a successful hip-hop artist and entrepreneur. Reading an excerpt from his memoir Decoded, and also a transcript of an interview with NPR’s Terry Gross, Jay-Z explains how he overcame adversity. A link is provided to the memoir excerpt and the interview. Links to multimedia are also provided. Students will engage in Socratic Seminar, as they answer questions and give examples of rhetorical appeals.
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. There is a link to the College Board’s AP Central site where the 2009 AP English Language Question #3 is a perfect fit to use when assessing this unit. Perfect for Common Core Assessments and SAT preparation. Links to the rubric, the speech, the prompt, and student samples can be found here. Expert analysis in the Student Q/A section for the prompt and its intentions are also provided. Complete Common Core standards included.
Key words: AP English Language, NPR, Jay Z, racism, social justice, poverty, argument, Socratic Seminar, memoir, hip-hop, American Literature, Common Core,
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