The 2000 AP English Language and Composition essay prompt was a rhetorical analysis from a passage from George Orwell’s, “Reflections on Gandhi.” This resource helps students learn the context for the essay where Orwell disdains perfection and sainthood.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on understanding Gandhi and perfection. There is a link to a Ted Talk on perfection and another on Gandhi’s legacy. There is a link to an Atlantic Monthly essay by Christopher Hitchens on Gandhi. There is also an appreciation of Aung San Suu Kyi, who is often compared to Gandhi.
The lessons feature a link to the 2000 AP Language prompt on Gandhi, with student examples and commentary. There is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence for the rhetorical analysis essay. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical precis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, perfection, legacy, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom