In a resource where students practice an argument, students learn how bicycles are an essential part of life. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument about bicycles. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a rhetorical précis, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
The New York Times Article, “More New Yorkers Opting for Life in the Bike Lane,” by Winnie Hu, is the central text in these lessons. A TED TALK, “What a Bike Ride Can Teach You,” by Shimon Schocken is utilized, as is an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. The trailer, clips, and interviews from the classic film, “Breaking Away are also used in this resource as are several NPR stories and two award winning short films, “Father and Daughter,” and “Chocolate Spokes.”
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, 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.
There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as the lessons act as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, bicycles, American Literature, argument