While Euripides wrote Medea, 2400 years ago—Dramatist Luis Alfaro wrote versions of Medea as a Mexican immigrant crossing into the United States as an undocumented immigrant. Alfaro set this play in Chicago and then in a different version, set it in Los Angeles where it was performed in 2015 at the Getty Outdoor Theatre. The literature students will be studying in this resource is a persuasive review of the play from The Los Angeles Times. Also, students will work with AP style multiple choice questions on two different speeches delivered by Medea. Students will review important rhetorical devices and appeals, close read and annotate the text, view supporting video clips, listen to an NPR story on the cost of crossing the border, view a TED TALK on forgiveness vs. revenge, and view the writing prompt for the 2003 AP Literature essay Question #3 on tragic characters who make others suffer. This unit can be done to add a contemporary immigration flavor to the play for students after and during the reading of the play.
English translations are provided for a satirical song about marriage for immigration papers called “Corrido del Mojado” by Alegres de Teren. The lessons can work independent of studying Medea. There is also an opportunity to write a Rhetorical Précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this to your students. These four lessons prepares students for AP Language and Literature exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American and World Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT 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. Students will be asked to synthesis an argument from articles from The New York Times Room for Debate series. The debate is on immigration in the United States. The packet includes complete lessons, common core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Debate, American Literature, World Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, argument, AP Language, Pre-AP, Luis Alfaro, immigration, critical thinking, exile, Ancient Greeks, Euripides, rhetorical appeals, Los Angeles, Mexico, Chicago, TED TALKS, NPR, Medea, tragedy