Using Robert Hayden’s poem, “Magnolias in Snow,” students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate the text, view supporting multimedia, including clips that profile art at Atlanta’s Civil and Human Rights Museum. Students will also view a TED Talk on art and racial violence, work with AP style multiple choice related to the poem, and evaluate a writing prompt for the poem. In the poem by Robert Hayden, the speaker describes an experience of travelling to the South of the United States in 1948, during the Jim Crow era. The speaker is an African American most likely from the Northern part of the United States. 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 a poetry explication. The packet includes a complete lesson, common core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: poetry explication, American Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry, AP Literature, AP Language, Pre-AP, race, critical thinking, art