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Practice with Socratic Seminar: Allen Ginsberg’s, “A Supermarket in California”

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Using Allen Ginsberg’s poem, “A Supermarket in California” students will review important poetic devices, close read and annotate the poem, view supporting video clips, listen to an NPR story, view an interview on Conan O’Brien’s Late Night, view a TED Talk on food waste, evaluate the writing prompt, and examine scored student sample essays with from the 2010B AP English Language exam. This lesson prepares students for AP Literature and Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT 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 fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. The Socratic seminar acts as a poetry explication. The packet includes a complete lesson, common core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags: poetry explication, American Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, poetry, AP Literature, AP Language, argument, symbolism, free verse, critical thinking, Allen Ginsberg, annotations, literary allusions, A Supermarket in California, TED Talk
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Practice with Socratic Seminar: Allen Ginsberg’s, “A Super
Practice with Socratic Seminar: Allen Ginsberg’s, “A Super
Practice with Socratic Seminar: Allen Ginsberg’s, “A Super
Practice with Socratic Seminar: Allen Ginsberg’s, “A Super