What is a sport? Ask your class if they believe that boxing is a sport. Is there an art to the fight or is it just a brutal exercise in violence.
Students probably have passionate views with some students defending boxing and other activities like Mixed Martial Arts. Other students might cite fights at school or in film and television and proclaim that there is a civility in sport and boxing doesn't fit with their concept of winning and sportsmanship.
This lesson is designed to encourage students to write with greater profundity when analyzing an author’s syntactical choices. Students will learn various terms associated with syntactical analysis. The activities in this resource packet can be used as a support for one of the 1984 College Board AP English free response prompts and in conjunction with the teaching of a passage on boxing by Norman Mailer.
Students will master writing in depth about syntax as well as other analytical elements by mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a written timed essay scored on an AP-style rubric.
Key words: boxing, Norman Mailer, sports, 1960s, debate, Socratic Seminar, sports injuries
New additions for Summer 2017: Added many resource videos on rhetorical analysis
added New York Times article “Junior, The Kid, the Fight,” by Dan Klores.
Added link to Dan Klores' documentary on Emile Griffith, "Ring of Fire"
fixed broken links, added questions for Socratic Seminar on rhetorical analysis on Mailer piece
Added video and audio stories on Norman Mailer
Added video on Brain injury and death in the ring.
Added section that explains how to adapt material for ELL students