John Leguizamo, an actor of the stage and screen, wrote a recent op-ed in The New York Times called, “Too Bad You’re Latin.” His argument against discrimination towards Latinos and Latinos is compelling. He even implores Latino to do as Egyptians did with the Arab Spring and calls for a Latino Spring. There is a link to the New York Times op-ed.
Students will view supporting video clips on the argument and listen to an interview with John Leguizamo. The lesson contains links to a TED TALK about the need for Latino voices. An analysis for Calle 13’s song and video “Latinoamérica“ is included, as well as translated song lyrics for study. Students will practice narrative writing on the video.
There is an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. An original prompt on analyzing the rhetoric in John Leguizamo’s essay is featured. Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence.
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.
There are sources for teaching the concept of a jig-saw learning strategy. A jigsaw activity on the John Leguizamo essay acts as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, discrimination, Hispanics, Latinos, Latinas