This lesson gets students to write with greater depth in regards to succeeding with rhetorical appeals and argument. The students will learn to write more profoundly about argument by analyzing two different Sonia Nazario’s essays from The New York Times Magazine: The Refugees at Our Door and “How the Most Dangerous Place on Earth Got Safer.” She is the author of Enrique’s Journey. The students will analyze clips and multimedia related to the Central American refugee crisis. Also, the students will participate in a Socratic Seminar analyzing Sonia Nazario’s essays.
A TED TALK, by Sonia Nazario is used in this resource, as well as a 20-question viewing guide for THE TED TALK. Links to different interviews and videos showing the subject of unaccompanied minors coming from Central America to the USA help the students gain context for answering the essay assessment. A lesson on rhetorical situation is included.
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. Commentary on three student samples by an experienced scorer of AP essays for the College Board and Complete Common Core standards are included in this resource.
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.
NEW FOR 2018:
Added more videos
Added narrative paragraphs
Added lesson on rhetorical situation
Added resources for teaching rhetorical situation
Added link to Nazario’s update essay “How the Most Dangerous Place on Earth Got Safer,”
Added original essay prompt
Added SOAPSTONE analysis
Added Nazario’s TED TALK with viewing guide