This lesson encourages students to write with greater profundity when analyzing an argument. Leonard Pitts wrote recent essays on the incident of two Philadelphia African American men arrest in a Starbucks. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTone Analysis, a Socratic Seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
A TED TALK, “How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Towards Them,” by Vernā Myers,” is used in this resource as is The TED TALK, “The Boundaries We Choose,” by Leonard Pitts. This talk has a 15-question viewing guide with an answer key included. There are links to different NPR, New York Times articles and videos showing the theme of racial bias. There is a narrative writing opportunity writing in the voice of the Starbucks CEO discussing the arrest of the two African American men in Philadelphia. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation with the Leonard Pitts TED TALK. All the lessons act as an explication and a building on context for a rhetorical analysis essay on Pitt’s essay, “Starbucks isn’t the problem, America is.”
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.