This lesson encourages students to write with greater profundity when analyzing a power passage about the ways we lie. Stephanie Ericsson wrote the essay, The Ways We Lie. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the text. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, multiple-choice assessment, a Socratic Seminar, short paragraph responses and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
The TED TALK “The Future of Lying” is used in this resource. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and videos showing the themes of the different ways we lie.” There is a short paragraph writing opportunity writing about polite lies. Students will listening to “The Science of Lying” on WBUR’S On Point and on charts provided in the appendix, they will complete the evaluation of ethos, logos, and pathos. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation on an essay “Diamonds and Lies,” by Chloé Mazlo. Finally, there is a link to study the effects of the lies of The Pentagon Papers. The students will complete a PAPA Square for Rhetorical Analysis for The Atlantic Monthly essay, “The NSA Leaks and the Pentagon Papers: What's the Difference Between Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg. The entire lessons act as an explication and a building of context for the rhetorical analysis for finding Stephanie Ericsson purpose in The Ways We Lie.
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.