Using Natasha Trethewey’s poem, “Liturgy: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” 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 Natasha Trethewey on Hurricane Katrina and a Ted Talk by Ian Breckenridge-Jackson entitled, “Realities of Volunteerism” are featured. A clip from Spike Lee’s, “Where the Levees Break” is also used. This poem can work in a "Their Eyes are Watching God" unit.
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 2007B AP Literature exam is used as the prompt for this unit is modeled on that prompt.
Tags: poetry explication, American Literature, Mississippi Gulf Coast, Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry, AP Literature, critical thinking, Natasha Trethewey, annotations, literary devices, Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, racism, Ted Talks, NPR, African American literature