David Frum, a political conservative and former speechwriter for George W. Bush, wrote an essay in the Atlantic Monthly titled, “How to Build an Autocracy.” There is a link included to an Atlantic Monthly Sound Cloud audio of the entire article read aloud.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on understanding the arguments for President Trump building an autocratic government. Included in the lesson links to the transcript and the video of President Trump’s inauguration speech, with annotations and analysis included.
Students will work on crafting an argumentative thesis sentence on synthesizing an argument from sources from The New York Times Room for Debate. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis and the Socratic Seminar. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, American 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.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, power, American Literature, theme, the Presidency, politics