There has been a global debate about the responsibilities of free democracies and the millions of refugees seeking asylum from civil wars or unjust authoritarian regimes. This is a question that is explored in this resource that focuses on argument. Links to multimedia clips and NPR stories explore the recent Syrian Civil War, the ensuing refugee crisis, and the images of Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian boy whose body washes up on a Turkish shore. There is a five minute graphic novel that explains the causes of The Syrian Civil War.There are links to help students review the rhetorical triangle and how to apply these appeals to the literature. A link is provided to five 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 2007 AP English Language Question #2 is a perfect fit to use when assessing this unit. The students will analyze Scott Russell Sander’s critique of Salman Rushdie’s “effect on mass migrations.” 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, refugees, immigration, War, social justice, argument, Socratic Seminar, synthesis, Scott Russell Sanders Salman Rushdie,Syrian Civil War, Aylan Kurdi, American Literature, Common Core,