A day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, millions of women (along with men) marched in the streets in major cities in the United States and throughout the world holding signs demanding no roll backs in rights won by women for the past several generations. Healthcare, Education, Climate Change, Pro-Choice, and Gay Marriage were among the arguments that hit the streets on January 21, 2017.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on understanding the arguments for The Women’s Marches, including a TED Talk by Sheryl Wu Dunn, on the Global Oppression of Women. Students will also read and annotate a recent New York Times Magazine expose on the march. Videos are available for many speeches given that day. Also, students will study the rhetorical appeals for Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s address at Seneca Falls, as well as a link to multiple choice questions related to 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, 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.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, suffragettes, American Literature, theme, Civil Disobedience