Using Wole Soyinka’s poem “Telephone Conversation,” 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. This poem can be used as a springboard when studying a work of literature like A Raisin in the Sun, A Lesson Before Dying, or Native Son where race and social justice are explored.
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 such as Ted Talks. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing structure.
Key words: poetry explication, British Literature, World Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry, AP Literature, critical thinking, Wole Soyinka, annotations, literary devices, racism, housing, Ted Talks, Nigeria