Selma by Ava DuVernay and Obama's Speech at Selma: Practice with Analysis

Selma by Ava DuVernay and Obama's Speech at Selma: Practice with Analysis
Selma by Ava DuVernay and Obama's Speech at Selma: Practice with Analysis
Selma by Ava DuVernay and Obama's Speech at Selma: Practice with Analysis
Selma by Ava DuVernay and Obama's Speech at Selma: Practice with Analysis
Selma by Ava DuVernay and Obama's Speech at Selma: Practice with Analysis
Selma by Ava DuVernay and Obama's Speech at Selma: Practice with Analysis
Selma by Ava DuVernay and Obama's Speech at Selma: Practice with Analysis
Selma by Ava DuVernay and Obama's Speech at Selma: Practice with Analysis
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  1. The man who defined the Civil Rights movement in American History, Martin Luther King, Jr. defined an era not just for his leadership and non-violent actions but also for his soaring rhetoric. These resources offered as a bundle include close readings of some of King's landmark pieces like "Letter f
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Students learn about John Lewis and Ana DuVernay, who directed the film, Selma.

Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the text and film. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, a Socratic Seminar, short paragraph responses and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.

  • The TED TALK “Allegories on race and racism,” by Camara Jones is used in this resource.
  • Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and videos showing the themes of from Martin Luther King’s philosophy and the film, “Selma.”
  • There is a short paragraph writing opportunity writing an appraisal of Ana DuVernay’s portrayal of Martin Luther King.
  • Students will listen to an NPR Fresh Air interview with Ana DuVernay, and on charts provided in the appendix, they will complete the evaluation of ethos, logos, and pathos.
  • There is a lesson on the rhetorical situation in an essay on Selma by Gay Talese. Finally, there is a link to study President Barack Obama’s speech at the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma.
  • The students will complete a PAPA Square for Rhetorical Analysis for Obama’s Selma speech.
  • There is a link to student annotations on Obama's speech and Socratic Seminar notes
  • There is a frame for and a sample complex thesis statement
  • There are three student sample essays scored on the new 6-point analytical rubric
  • The entire lessons act as an explication and a building of context for the rhetorical analysis for Barack Obama’s 2015 Selma speech.

There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as the lessons act as support for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.

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Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.
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