In a resource where students practice analyzing poetry, students learn to write more profoundly by analyzing poetry from Javier Zamora who wrote “Saguaros” and “Second Attempt Crossing.” The students will read a New Yorker Magazine profile on the poet. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SIFT Analysis, a Socratic seminar, and a written poetry analysis timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
A TED TALK, “Through the eyes of a child immigrant,” by Erik Gomez is used in this resource. Links to different NPR, NYC Radio audios, and videos showing the difficulties in El Salvador for youth and for crossing the desert, as an unaccompanied minor are available to your students.
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.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, immigration, refugees, American Literature, argument