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Rebellion, Progress, Dolores Huerta, and Today’s Farm Workers

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Recently, the Smithsonian had an exhibition of photographs related to Dolores Huerta, the co-founder of the United Farm Workers. Students will view photograph for the exhibit, access a tour of the exhibit presented on CSPAN, and read a Washington Post review on the exhibit.

These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, or AP English Language or Literature class.

Students will view supporting video clips, such as a TED TALK on current day farm workers. The students will read and listen to an NPR story on Dolores Huerta and view a documentary on Immokalee farm workers. Also, in the resource are links to clips including an interview with Eva Longoria speaking out on the injustice towards farm workers.

There is also an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence, as well as a link to the Question 3 prompt for the 2016 AP English Language and Composition examination. The students will consider Dolores Huertas’ work in writing an original argument concerned about if rebellion makes for progress in society.

These three lessons 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.

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 fishbowl discussion with the rubric. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags: Socratic Seminar, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, American Literature, World Literature
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20
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Teaching Duration
4 days
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