This lesson encourages students to write with greater profundity when qualifying an argument. Students learn about West Coast Hip-hop and the group, N.W.A. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument about the responsibility of social justice through film. 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.
The TED TALK “The threatening nature of ... Rap music?” by Charis Kubrin is used in this resource. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and videos showing the themes of the gangsta and West Coast rap. There is a narrative writing opportunity writing in the voice of a high school student to a teacher attempting to teach Straight Outta Compton. Students will listening to an interview with Kendrick Lamar and NWA and on charts provided in the appendix, they will complete the evaluation of ethos, logos, and pathos. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation in the discussion between Ice Cube and Bill Maher on HBO’s Real Time. The students will complete a PAPA Square for Rhetorical Analysis for Allison P. Davis’ article, “#ByeFelicia Gets an Uncomfortable New Origin Story.” All the lessons act as an explication and a building of context for the an original argument writing prompt based on qualifying a statement made by Allison P. Davis in an NPR interview on the degradation of women in the film, Straight Outta Compton. There is a 50-question viewing guide for the Ice Cube directed documentary, Straight Outta L.A.
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.