Using William Shakespeare’s Volumnia’s speech to her son in Coriolanus Act 5 Scene 3 where she appeals to her son not to attack his own city and people, students will review important literary and rhetorical devices, close read and annotate the text, view supporting video and audio clips, view a TED Talk on negotiating with dictators to prevent war, and evaluate a writing prompt. 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 an explication. The packet includes a complete lesson, common core standards, essential and key questions. These lessons can be used in teaching any Shakespeare tragedy, war or anti-war literature, or independent of any of these.
Tags: explication, British Literature, Ancient Rome, Socratic Seminar, writing, AP Literature, AP Language, Pre-AP, leadership, war, honor, Coriolanus, critical thinking, Shakespeare, speech, TED Talk, motherhood