Norman Mailer sat ringside in 1974 in Zaire at “The Rumble in the Jungle,” or the heavyweight championship bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. He wrote about the event in a nonfiction book called, “The Fight.” There is an excerpt from this book in the resource but this resource also is about George Foreman’s life after he lost the boxing match. One could argue that he won in life by losing the fight.
There are many links to videos, interviews, resources for analyzing Norman Mailer’s work. Also included in it are various interviews from NPR, including a detailed interview with George Foreman. There is an extended video detailing the fight and the events surrounding the fight.
The lesson features a link to a prompt analyzing Mailer’s passage at the end of the fight, as well as a graphic organizer designed as a rhetorical triangle where students will look for appeals from George Foreman’s interview. Students will craft an argumentative thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis, and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
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. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. I've made the following revisions to this product: I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, boxing, African-American history, theme, ELL adaptable material