Using Arthur Miller’s essay, “Tragedy and the Common Man,” and The Crucible, students will review important rhetorical devices and appeals, close read and annotate the text, view supporting video clips such as an expose on Modern Witch-hunting in India, listen to an NPR story on Arthur Miller, view a TED Talk on combating the use of fear for manipulation, view videos as resources for writing an AP Synthesis essay, and evaluate the synthesis writing prompt. There is also an opportunity to write a Rhetorical Précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this to your students. Audio versions from the L.A. Theatre Works of The Crucible will be used. As links are provided to the audio and to the text of the play.
These four lessons prepares students for AP Language exam, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. Students will be asked to synthesis an argument from articles from The New York Times Room for Debate series. The synthesis discussion will be helpful as the students will also write an essay based on the sources used for the discussion. The packet includes complete lessons, common core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags:, Debate, American Literature, Socratic Seminar, writing, argument, AP Language, Pre-AP, Arthur Miller critical thinking, The Crucible, annotations, ethical appeals