In 2015, Nikole Hannah-Jones was honored with the Peabody Award for her story on This American Life: The Problem We All Live With, a reference to the iconic Norman Rockwell painting depicting Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old African-American girl, on her way to an all-white public school. In the radio story, Nikole Hannah-Jones writes about the Normandy School District, where Michael Brown graduated from shortly before he was shot and killed by the Ferguson, Missouri Police. It is the story of the integration of African American students from the Normandy School District into the 85% white Francis Howell school district. A 40-question note taking guide is provided as students listen to the story.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on understanding the arguments for the integration of schools, including a TED Talk on this issue. Students will also read and annotate a recent New York Times Magazine article by Nikole Hannah-Jones on choosing a school for her daughter in segregated New York City. John Oliver’s piece on School Segregation from his HBO Last Week Tonight is featured in these lessons.
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.
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.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, race, American Literature, theme, schooling and education, civil rights