An excellent way to get students to read closely on a passage for rhetorical analysis, is to have the students work through multiple choice on the passage and discuss the passage in a Socratic discussion before they read it for a written rhetorical analysis.
Pulled from the 2007 AP English Language multiple choice portion of the exam, W.E.B Du Bois autobiographical writing from Dusk of Dawn is explored in this resource. A 2016 New York Times essay by Henry Louis Gates on applying W.E.B Du Bois message to current African American movements. The TED TALK, “The Racial Politics of Time,” is also used in this resource.
There is an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. An original prompt on analyzing the rhetoric in the excerpt from W.E.B Du Bois’ Dusk of Dawn is featured. Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence.
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.
There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as it acts as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, American History, African American studies