There has been a revolution in the way television is presented to the new consumer. There is Netflix, Amazon, a new HBO app, or Hulu as examples of choices that are out there. Is there too much TV out there?
These lessons examine the benefits and harmful effects of television. An NPR story explains how Amazon’s new shows are cutting edge and how “Transparent” which won 5 Emmy Awards are leading a new revolution. There are links to help students review the rhetorical triangle and how to apply these appeals to the literature. The Ted Talk by a television executive explores how television has effected society for the better. A link is provided to five different opinions short essays by accessing The New York Times series Room for Debate. This will provide the students an opportunity to use their synthesis skills as they engaged in Socratic Seminar.
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. There is a link to the College Board’s AP Central site where the 2009 AP English Language Question #3 is a perfect fit to use when assessing this unit. Links to the rubric, the non-fiction excerpt, the prompt, and student samples can be found here. Complete Common Core standards and Essential and Key Questions are included. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing.
Tags: AP English Language, speech and debate, television, brain chemistry, argument, Socratic Seminar, synthesis, Barbara Ehrenreich, American Literature, Common Core, Ted Talk, NPR