This lesson encourages students to write with greater profundity when analyzing an author’s choices regarding argument, narrative and other literary choices. Josefina Lopez wrote the play Real Women Have Curves when she was 18 years old, adapted into film, and 25 years later the play is still contemporary. Students will read and view supporting clips on the play and themes and learn the necessary elements to write persuasively on a theme. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, Socratic discussion, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric. The students will also be receiving lessons on writing a college application essay for the Common Application.
A TED TALK, “Your Story Matters” by Josefina Lopez is used in this resource, as well as a graduation speech by North Texas graduate Larissa Martinez. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and videos showing the theme of the geography, culture, and physical surroundings of neighborhood. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation with a scene from “Real Women Have Curves” depict a teacher imploring a family to let their daughter attend college. All the lessons act as an explication and a building on context for the 2012 AP Literature thematic question on geography, culture, and physical surroundings. There are three sample college essays written by students accepted to college and there are two sample essays to the AP Lit prompt based on “Real Women Have Curves” scored by a College Board scorer for AP English.
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 the lessons act as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
NEW FOR 2018
Added 2 more lessons
Added lesson on rhetorical situation
Added lesson on writing college application essay
included 3 student college application essay samples
Added new videos
Added narrative paragraph opportunities