Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016. The award has been met with controversy as critics have asked if a singer-songwriter equals the literary merit of a novelist, dramatist, or poet.
Students will view supporting video clips on Bob Dylan and his music. The songs “With God On Our Side” and “Masters of War” are analyzed and examined. The lesson contains links to a TED TALK about the art of remixing using Dylan’s music. and a New York Times article written by Sean Wilentz, author of Bob Dylan in America.
Links to seven opinion pieces will assist students in responding to an original synthesis prompt on whether Bob Dylan deserved the Nobel Prize in Literature. Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence. There is also an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature or 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.
A unique detailed rubric is included that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions as well as 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.
Tags: Socratic Seminar, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, Synthesis