In a resource where students practice persuasive thematic analysis, students learn about the use of geography, culture, and physical geography in Junot Díaz’s novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the geography, culture, and physical geography in Junot Díaz’s novel. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a rhetorical précis, multiple choice, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric. The link to the 2012 AP English Literature exam is a thematic exploration based on the cultural, geographical, and physical surroundings of a play or novel.
An essay from The Atlantic Monthly, “How Junot Díaz Wrote a Sexist Character, but Not a Sexist Book,” by Joe Fassler is a central text in these lessons. An interview from Bill Moyers as well as an NPR Fresh Air interview with the author is utilized, as is an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. A clip from a one-man theatre performance based on the novel is also used in this resource.
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.
There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as it acts as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
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