This lesson encourages students to write with greater profundity when analyzing an author’s choices regarding argument, appeals and other rhetorical choices. The student will learn to write more profoundly about argument and synthesis by analyzing passages and literature from varied sources. The students will analyze clips and multimedia related to hip-hop’s culture and history. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, Socratic discussion, and a written timed synthesis essay scored on an AP style rubric.
A TED TALK, “Hip hop, grit, and academic success by Bettina Love is used in this resource. There is a 14- question-viewing guide for the TED TALK. There are links to different NPR, New York Times articles and videos showing the hip as an American art form. There is a narrative writing opportunity writing Atlanta and Outkast. All the lessons act as an explication and a building on context for a synthesis essay on Hip-hop as an American art form. An Atlantic Monthly essay, “As Hip-Hop Became More Popular, Crime Dropped. Thanks, Hip-Hop!” by Philip Bump is used in the resources as is a multiple-choice assessment for the essay.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, 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.
There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as the lessons act as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
New in 2018:
Added multiple choice assessment
Added TED TALK viewing guide
Added more videos