The 2017 English Literature and Composition poetry prompt was an analysis from Rachel Harper’s poem, “The Myth of Music.” Rachel Harper’s father is the late poet Michael Harper. This resource helps students learn the context for jazz appreciation and the poem.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on understanding jazz and the connection to Rachel Harper’s memories of her family. There is a link to a Ted Talk on Physic and Jazz, a Blank on Blank animated video interview with John Coltrane, and a This I Believe on Jazz. There is a painting of Coltrane with Miles Davis that students will analyze.
The lessons feature a link to the 2017 AP Literature prompt on poetry, with student examples and commentary. There is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence for the poetry analysis essay. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a SIFT analysis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
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. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, jazz, family memories, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom