Using Charles Bukowski’s poem, “Dostoevsky,” students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate poems, and view supporting video clips. This lesson prepares students for AP Literature and Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, the SAT essay and critical thinking activities. An NPR interview with the poet’s wife and friends, a subway stop in Moscow dedicated to Dostoevsky and a Ted Talk on the wisdom gained from Great literature.
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. The Socratic seminar acts as a poetry explication. The packet includes a complete lesson, common core standards, essential and key questions, links to video clips and resources. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing structure. A link to the 2006B AP Literature exam is used as the prompt for this unit is modeled on that prompt.
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