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In a resource where students practice challenging, refuting or qualifying an argument, students learn about Marvel’s Daredevil and his decision not to kill. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument about Daredevil’s ethics. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
A TED TALK on “How I Use Sonar to Navigate the World,” by David Kish is utilized as is an opportunity to write a SOAPSTONE Analysis as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. Students read and annotate, “Daredevil: A Longform Approach to Comic-Book Television.”Then they will read a Popmatters entry, “Daredevil's Meditations on Morality.
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 it acts as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
ADDED IN 2018: 20 question viewing guide (w/answer key) of Season 1 Episode 1--Added another lesson: Rhetorical situation and resources and links to discussion about killing between the Punisher and Daredevil.
Added more video links
Added 12 multiple choice question/key assessment
Revised the Socratic Seminar questions
Added link video on Sister Helen Prejean comments on Death Penalty
Added link to video clip from "Dead Man Walking"
Added link to Death Penalty, state by state, USA map