Using Martín Espada “Castle for the Laborers and Ballgames on the Radio” and Rainer Marie Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate the texts, view supporting video clips, listen to an NPR story, view a TED Talk on mentorship, evaluate the writing prompt, and examine scored student sample essays from an original AP style Literature/Language prompt. Espada’s poem is on his mentor, Howard Zinn, the historian famous for writing The People’s History of the United States. Rainer Marie Rilke, the most famous German language poet of the 20th Century writes his mentee.
This lesson 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, World Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry, AP Literature, AP Language, Pre-AP, existentialism, critical thinking, progressive politics, Howard Zinn, annotations, mentorship, TED Talk