Practice with Persuasion—The Politics of Frost/Nixon

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Peter Morgan wrote both the play and the screenplay for Frost/Nixon, an exploration into David Frost’s 1977 interview with Richard Nixon. It is a play about the power of television to combat the abuses of power in the executive office. These lessons work best if a teacher has either had students watch the film or read the play.

Students will view supporting video and audio clips on as well as a TED Talk on the legacy of Richard Nixon. Included in the material is a link to a Smithsonian Magazine article on James Weston’s involvement in Frost’s project and on his opinions on Morgan’s play.

The lesson features a link to a prompt on politics in literature in Question #3 of the 2009B AP English Literature and Composition examination. Students will work on crafting a persuasive thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis and the Socratic Seminar. There is a link to a video of a high school class in a Frost/Nixon Socratic Seminar.

These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or 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.

The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, politics, television, theme

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Practice with Persuasion—The Politics of Frost/Nixon
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