The Controversy of Open Casket by Dana Schutz: Practice with Argument

The Controversy of Open Casket by Dana Schutz: Practice with Argument
The Controversy of Open Casket by Dana Schutz: Practice with Argument
The Controversy of Open Casket by Dana Schutz: Practice with Argument
The Controversy of Open Casket by Dana Schutz: Practice with Argument
The Controversy of Open Casket by Dana Schutz: Practice with Argument
The Controversy of Open Casket by Dana Schutz: Practice with Argument
The Controversy of Open Casket by Dana Schutz: Practice with Argument
The Controversy of Open Casket by Dana Schutz: Practice with Argument
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This lesson encourages students to write with greater profundity when challenging, refuting or qualifying an argument. Students will be analyzing the arguments about Dana Schutz’s, “Open Casket.” Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE analysis, short paragraph assessments, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.

The TED TALK “Can Art Amend History?” by Titus Kaphar” is in this resource. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and videos showing the themes of cultural appropriation. There is a short paragraph writing opportunity penning a letter to Parker Bright, the protestor in the Facebook video, in the voice of Mamie Till-Mobley, Emmett Till’s mother. Students will read the op-Ed by Christopher Benson, “The Image of Emmett Till.” and on charts provided in the appendix, they complete the evaluation of ethos, logos, and pathos. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation in The New York Times op-ed, “In Defense of Cultural Appropriation,” by Kenan Malik. The students will complete a PAPA Square for Rhetorical Analysis for The New York Times op-ed, “Should Art That Infuriates Be Removed?” by Roberta Smith The entire lessons act as an explication and a building of context for the original argument prompt on Dana Schutz’s statement on “Open Casket.”

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.

The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.



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