These six lessons encourage students to write with greater profundity when analyzing an author’s choices regarding literature, argument and other rhetorical choices. Students will read and view supporting clips on analyzing the literary techniques in a section from Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a rhetorical précis, Socratic Seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric. The essay is on an original literary analysis prompt involving narrative perspective from a section in the Battle Royal or Chapter 1 of the novel.
Both reading selections (The Prologue & Chapter 1) from the novel come with links to excellent annotations from genius dot com. Video clips from theater productions of Invisible Man and a video clip from “Battle Royal” are available to your students. There is a lesson devoted to photographer Gordon Parks and his work with Ralph Ellison. There is a lesson, which invites students to sketch the dramatic action of the battle royal. Dr. Adam F. Bradley’s lecture, “Ralph Ellison Listens to Kendrick Lamar and Other Counterfactuals,” is also a key part of the lessons.
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, invisibility, African American History, American Literature, argument