Most people know Civil Rights icon John Lewis, the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district, for his lifetime of serving his country by participating in Civil Rights marches in the 1960s. In 2016, Lewis led a sit-in in Congress regarding gun laws. In 2017, Lewis welcomed refugees and foreign nationals and assured their safety at the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta after President Trump signed an executive order restricting their presence in the US.
Lewis won the 2016 National Book Award for a graphic novel on his involvement in the Civil Rights movement. This resource focuses on his speech at the March on Washington in August 1963 and also on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March.
The resource includes links to videos, interviews, resources for analyzing John Lewis’s work as well as various interviews from NPR, the Atlantic Monthly review of Lewis's March and an extended interview and profile on Bill Moyer’s program with John Lewis.
The lesson features a link to a prompt analyzing John Lewis’ speech at The March on Washington, as well as a graphic organizer designed as a rhetorical triangle where students will look for appeals from the speech. Students will craft a persuasive thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, 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.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, reading, African-American history, theme