Practice with the Argument: Fishing as a Metaphor for Life

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David Henry Thoreau once wrote, “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” This is the mystery students will explore in this unit.

These lessons examine the benefits of fishing and beyond. Fishing is explored as a metaphor for life. An NPR story explains how fishing can be enjoyed even in urban settings. A Ted Talk by a marine biologist explains how fish could save humanity in the future. A link is provided to a clip from Robert Redford’s film, A River Runs Through It. Also a link to an Academy Award winning short film based on Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea will provide the students an opportunity to engage in Socratic Seminar on discussion questions provided.

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. An assessment essay from either having access to the 3rd Edition of Cliff’s AP English Language and Composition book or by going to a link of the book is used which also has a rubric and student essay samples. Complete Common Core standards and Essential and Key Questions are included. The essay could also serve as a college application essay. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing.

Tags: AP English Language, fishing, life’s metaphor, argument, Socratic Seminar, Ernest Hemingway, American Literature, Common Core, Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It, Ted Talks, The Old Man and the Sea, NPR


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Practice with the Argument: Fishing as a Metaphor for Life
Practice with the Argument: Fishing as a Metaphor for Life
Practice with the Argument: Fishing as a Metaphor for Life
Practice with the Argument: Fishing as a Metaphor for Life