Using Langston Hughes’s poem, “Theme for English B,” students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate the text, view supporting video clips (including Key & Peele’s substitute teacher), view a TED Talk on teachers as learners and students as learner, evaluate a writing prompt, and examine student sample essays. In Langston Hughes’s classic poem, a speaker describes his experience as the only African American in a college classroom. Students will also have the opportunity to create their version of Theme for English B as a frame for the poem is provided and two sample student videos are featured. These lessons prepares students for AP Literature and Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT essay and critical thinking activities.
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.
Tags: poetry explication, American Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry, AP Literature, AP Language, Pre-AP, race, music, teaching, reciprocal learning, critical thinking, Harlem Renaissance , Langston Hughes, TED Talk, PBS