The Merchants of Thirst: Practice with Argument

The Merchants of Thirst: Practice with Argument
The Merchants of Thirst: Practice with Argument
The Merchants of Thirst: Practice with Argument
The Merchants of Thirst: Practice with Argument
The Merchants of Thirst: Practice with Argument
The Merchants of Thirst: Practice with Argument
The Merchants of Thirst: Practice with Argument
The Merchants of Thirst: Practice with Argument
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Students learn about drinking water emergency around the world and the private water tankers that exploit the crisis.

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, a Socratic Seminar, short paragraph responses and a rhetorical analysis or argument essay scored on the new 6-point analytical AP rubric.

  • The TED TALK, “Solving The Global Water Crisis in 7 Minutes,” by Hamza Farrukh & The TED TALK “Water: Think Again,” by Kaveh Madani are linked for use in these lessons.
  • Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and videos showing the themes of water shortages and exploitation.
  • There is a short paragraph writing opportunity writing an analysis of an interview with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and The Flint, Michigan water crisis.
  • Students will listen to an NPR The Record interview with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, and on charts provided in the appendix, they will complete the evaluation of ethos, logos, and pathos.
  • There is a lesson on the rhetorical situation in an essay on The New York Times op-ed, “Brown Water for Brown People: Making Sense of California’s Drinking Water Crisis,” by Jose A. Del Real.
  • There is an opportunity to write an Audience Analysis for The New York Times essay, “A Quarter of Humanity Faces Looming Water Crises,” by Somini Sengupta and Weiyi Cai.
  • There is a frame for a complex thesis statement
  • The entire lessons act as an explication and a building of context for a rhetorical analysis essay and argument essay on The New York Times essay, “Merchants of Thirst” by Peter Schwartzstein.
  • There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar
  • The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
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Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
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33 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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