Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, won the 2015 National Book Award. In a year with too many mass shootings, police shootings, and the Black Lives Matter movement, its prose resonated with the nation.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on understanding the Ta-Nehisi Coates’ argument. Included are video interviews with Coates and a gallery walk assignment based on listening to James Baldwin’s speech on “The Fire Next Time.” This is the text that Coates claimed was his model for his own book.
The lessons feature an original prompt on rhetorical analysis on a passage from the book on Coates encountering fear. Students will work on crafting a persuasive thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis, a gallery walk, and the Socratic Seminar.
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, fear, American Literature, theme