Clare Boothe Luce, a legendary figure in the world of journalism and theatre gave a speech to the Women's National Press Club on April 21, 1960. The College Board used her introduction to the speech for the 2017 AP English Language exam. The students must know how to apply the rhetorical situation to succeed on the writing prompt. This resource breaks down rhetorical analysis.
A 2017 Atlantic Monthly essay by Kurt Andersen on alternative facts and on why people seek alternative truths is in this resource, as well as a TED TALK that examines the harm that fake news can cause on people. Stephen Colbert's "Truthiness" is also explored in these lessons.
There is an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis, as well as supporting material for teaching rhetorical situation to your students. Several NPR stories and supporting videos are included, as is a lesson on constructing a thesis sentence.
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 it acts as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
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