Practice with the Argument: “On Seeing England for the First Time”

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What is the purpose of Education? Ask your class if they believe that education is a means to liberate oneself from obstacles present in society that prevent one from gaining economic freedom, intellectual freedom, or cultural enlightenment. Students probably have passionate views with these students seeing education as means to realizing their dreams. Other students might think school is an institution designed to oppress them and maintain the status quo. In “On Seeing England for the First Time”, Jamaica Kincaid, while living in the United States, looks back at her life and educational experience as a child while living in Antigua. She writes about a system that glorified England at the expense of her Antigua culture.

This lesson is designed to encourage students to write with greater profundity when analyzing an author’s rhetorical choices. Students will learn various terms associated with rhetorical analysis. The activities in this resource packet can be used as a support for one of the 1999 College Board AP English free response prompts and in conjunction with the teaching of a passage by Jamaica Kincaid. There are links to videos that review rhetorical strategies necessary for students to understand so that they can be successful in their reading and writing about Kincaid’s work. There is a teacher made video with a reading of text with captions and annotation of the text. There is a link to a video of Jamaica Kincaid recalling her youth and education in Antigua. Also available are links to the prompt, rubric, student samples, and commentary about the writing. Complete Common Core standards included.

Key words: Colonization, education, indoctrination, rebellion, quest for identity, British Literature, Multicultural Literature, AP English Literature, AP English Language, World Literature, England, Antigua, Caribbean, symbolism, metaphors, rhetoric
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Practice with the Argument:  “On Seeing England for the Fi
Practice with the Argument:  “On Seeing England for the Fi
Practice with the Argument:  “On Seeing England for the Fi
Practice with the Argument:  “On Seeing England for the Fi