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Practice with Synthesis: Being Bilingual and Bicultural

Practice with Synthesis: Being Bilingual and Bicultural
Practice with Synthesis: Being Bilingual and Bicultural
Practice with Synthesis: Being Bilingual and Bicultural
Practice with Synthesis: Being Bilingual and Bicultural
Practice with Synthesis: Being Bilingual and Bicultural
Practice with Synthesis: Being Bilingual and Bicultural
Practice with Synthesis: Being Bilingual and Bicultural
Practice with Synthesis: Being Bilingual and Bicultural
Product Description
Using Pat Mora’s poem “Legal Alien,” and Richard Rodriguez’s “Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood,” students will review important rhetorical and literary devices and appeals, close read and annotate the text, view supporting video clips, listen to an NPR story, view a TED TALK called No Child Left Monolingual, and view the writing prompt for the 2016 AP English Language prompt on monolingualism. There is also an opportunity to write a SOAPSTone, as well as supporting material for teaching this to your students.

These four lessons prepares students for AP Language exam, 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 fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. Students will be asked to synthesis an argument from articles from The New York Times Room for Debate series. The debate on whether studying a Language other than English is worth it-- is used. The packet includes complete lessons, common core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags:, Debate, American Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, argument, AP Language, Pre-AP, Pat Mora, poetry, critical thinking, Richard Rodriguez, bilingual, rhetorical appeals, Synthesis


Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
4 days
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