Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a piece, near the end of President Obama’s second term in the Atlantic Monthly titled, “My President was Black.” 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 the legacy of President Obama including an extended interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Also included is the transcript and the video of President Obama’s last White House correspondent’s dinner speech, which many students will find hilarious. Students will be working on identifying rhetorical appeals in the speech.
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, the Presidency, historical legacy