In a resource where students practice an argument, students learn to write more profoundly about argument by analyzing passages and arguments from “Hope is an Embrace of the Unknown: Rebecca Solnit on Living in Dark Times,” an essay published in The Guardian. The students will analyze audio interviews with Rebecca Solnit as they think of examples, observations, readings, and experiences of hope in dark times. 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.
A TED TALK, “The Extraordinary Power of Ordinary People,” by Sherwin Nuland is used in this resource, as is an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. Links to different versions of Patti Smith’s song, “People Have the Power,” which is referenced by Rebecca Solnit, is available to your students.
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, hope, American Literature, argument