Kenny Leon’s recent revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, starring Denzel Washington played to rave reviews. Images and interviews from this production are used in the resource.
Students will collect evidence for a persuasive essay or argument essay that focuses on a character’s moral and psychological development due to a pivotal moment in the story. This theme was explored in The 2013 College Board AP English Literature and Composition examination prompt. These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, or AP English Language or Literature class.
Students will also close read and annotate a New Yorker review of the play. Students will view supporting video clips, such as a video on housing discrimination in the 1950s, a TED Talk, and interviews with Denzel Washington. The resource can be used with the flipped classroom.
There is also an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. These four lessons prepare students for AP English Language and Literature exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay, and critical thinking activities.
There is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. The guide contains a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fishbowl discussion with the rubric. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, and essential and key questions. Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence and two student essay samples.
Tags: Socratic Seminar, writing, argument, Pre-AP, critical thinking, race relations