A recent New York Times op-ed by Nicholas Kristof argues about inequality, using experiences with monkeys experiencing inequality. For the monkeys, even perceived inequality towards others caused angers and feelings of injustice.
There are many links to video, audio, and print resources for studying the concept of the income inequality. Also included is a TED Talk on ““How economic inequality harms societies.” The students will also to an extended interview with Joseph Stiglitz on NPR’s Fresh Air. There are links to a pair of stories featuring retired women in poverty, middle class difficulties, and a segment from John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight on the wealth gap.
The lesson features a prompt analyzing the argument in New York Times op-ed by Nicholas Kristof. Students will craft a thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical precis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, American 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, fairness, inequality, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom