Using Sherman Alexie’s poem, “My Heroes Have Never Been Cowboys,” 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 Sherman Alexie, and a Ted Talk on the hardships experienced by the Lakota through photographs. A BBC video profile on modern young Native Americans living on reservations and a video on whether John Wayne should be loathed or loved is also used.
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.
Tags: poetry explication, American Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry, AP Literature, critical thinking, annotations, literary devices, Native American literature, American History