Should the same child labor laws that are applied to First World Countries be applied to business and labor in the developing world? This is a question that is explored in this resource that focuses on argument. Links to multimedia clips and NPR stories compare the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire to a 2013 fire at a Bangladesh factory. There are links to help students review the rhetorical triangle and how to apply these appeals to the literature. A link is provided to four different opinions 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 2011 AP English Language Question #2 is a perfect fit to use when assessing this unit. The students will analyze Florence Kelley’s speech before the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association in Philadelphia on July 22, 1905. Links to the rubric, the speech, the prompt, and student samples can be found here. Expert analysis in the Student Q/A section for the prompt and its intentions is also provided. Complete Common Core standards included.
Key words: AP English Language, speech and debate, Women’s Suffrage, child labor laws, American History, social justice, argument, Socratic Seminar, synthesis, Florence Kelley, Triangle Shirtwaist fire, Bangladesh factory fire, American Literature, Common Core