The 1999 AP English Language rhetorical analysis essay was on an excerpt from Jamaica Kincaid’s “On Seeing England for the First Time.” In this essay, Kincaid, growing up in Antigua, describes the seeds of her own revolution from England.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on understanding the argument for Kincaid’s argument. There is a link to a Ted Talk on the danger of the single story, which has similarities to Kincaid’s essay. There is a link to interviews with Jamaica Kincaid.
The lessons feature a link to the 1999 examination prompt and another link to the essay excerpt. Students will work on crafting a thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis and the Socratic Seminar. There is a link to a resource that includes nine SAT/AP style multiple choice questions for Kincaid’s excerpt.
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. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, colonization, Antigua, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom