On June 16, 2016, President Barack Obama addressed the nation after speaking to the families of the victims of the Orlando mass shooting at the Pulse Night Club. A gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others at a gay nightclub in downtown Orlando that was celebrating a Latino night.
Students will read and annotate the speech and analyze the rhetorical strategies used to convey the President’s message. These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, or AP English Language or Literature class.
Students will view supporting video clips, such as Malcolm Gladwell’s talk on mass shootings and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s sonnet to the Orlando victims recited at the Tony Awards. The class will read and listen to various NPR stories on the events in Orlando and study video and audio on Congressman John Lewis’ sit in conducted on the floor of the house, attempting to get the majority of Congress to consider voting on sensible gun regulation in the wake of the shooting.
There is also an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence, as well as an original argument analysis writing prompt on analyzing Obama’s speech. There are several links to teacher made videos on writing the argument analysis question.
These four lessons prepare students for AP English Language and Literature exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
In this resource, there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide, there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fishbowl discussion with the rubric. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
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