Near the end of his life, Malcolm X agreed to speak to Alex Haley, later of Roots fame, and have him dictate his autobiography. The book was made into a classic film in 1992 by Spike Lee, starring Denzel Washington. In 2011, Manning Marable wrote a biography to correct some of the wrongs he saw in the original autobiography that was finished by Haley after Malcolm X was assassinated.
There are many links to videos, interviews, resources for analyzing the passage from the autobiography. Also included is are various interviews from NPR, as well as the New Yorker review of Marable’s book and a link to “Learning to Read,” by Malcolm X. There are links to a TED Ed lesson comparing Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, and a 12-minute excerpt with transcript of Malcolm X’s talk to Oxford students in 1964.
The lesson features a link to a prompt analyzing the passage from “Learning to Read,” as well as a graphic organizer designed as a rhetorical triangle where students will look for appeals from the passage. 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. A link to 8 AP-style multiple choice questions is included.
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.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, reading, African-American history, theme