This lesson encourages students to analyze an author’s choices regarding diversity, race, and the classroom.
The students will analyze clips and multimedia related to race and the classroom.
Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, short paragraph assessments, Socratic Seminar, Debate, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
The central text is an excerpt from The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley. The students will complete an evaluation on purpose graphic organizer on this essay. The TED TALKS used are “The Power of the Black Experience in the Classroom” by Keith Mayes & “Racial Issues in Urban Schools” by Leslie Hinkson. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and many videos showing the themes of diversity in the classroom. There is a short paragraph writing opportunity penning a letter to journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones about your experience with diverse teachers. Students will listening to an NPR Fresh Air interview with journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and on charts provided in the appendix; they will complete the evaluation of ethos, logos, and pathos.
There is a lesson on rhetorical situation in The Atlantic Monthly article, “Do Conversations About Race Belong in the Classroom?” The students will complete a PAPA Square for Rhetorical Analysis for The New York Times article, “Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys,” by Emily Badger, Claire Cain Miller, Adam Pearce and Kevin Quealy. The entire lessons act as an explication and a building of context for the synthesis essay based on The New York Times Room For Debate series on hiring racially diverse teachers in schools. There are instructions on how to conduct a debate on this topic as well.
These six daily 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.