Phil Klay, graduated from Dartmouth College and joined the Marines to fight in Iraq. He won the National Book Award in 2014 for his short story collection, Redeployment. Recently, he wrote an essay for The New York Times, “What We Are Fighting For,” on how acts of moral courage defend America as surely as any act of violence.
There are many links to videos, interviews, resources for analyzing Phil Klay’s work. Also included in it is a Fresh Air interview from NPR, with Phil Klay. There is an excerpt from the film, “Operation Homecoming” as well as a segment from the 2005 documentary, “Why We Fight.”
The lesson features an orginal prompt analyzing Klay’s essay, as well as a graphic organizer designed as a rhetorical triangle where students will look for appeals from Phil Klay’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, war, Iraq, American History, theme, ELL adaptable material