A recent Atlantic Monthly essay, “Is This How Discrimination Ends?” explores the concept of implicit bias. This is a term that was brought up in the Presidential Debates in the fall of 2016. Links to the Jessica Nordell’s essay and a professional reading of the complete essay on Soundcloud are available in this resource.
There are many links to video, audio, and print resources for studying the concept of implicit bias. Also included is a TED Talk “What does my headscarf mean to you?” by Yassmin Abdel-Magied that further explores this issue. The students will also study a segment from the podcast This American Life that explores police bias.
The lesson features a prompt analyzing the argument in Jessica Nordell’s essay. Students will craft a thesis sentence. 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, American 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, race, gender, prejudgment, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom