The Trouble With Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis

The Trouble With Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis
The Trouble With Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis
The Trouble With Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis
The Trouble With Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis
The Trouble With Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis
The Trouble With Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis
The Trouble With Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis
The Trouble With Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln: Practice with Rhetorical Analysis
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Steven Spielberg tried to make the quintessential film about Abraham Lincoln. While Daniel Day Lewis did a magnificent job portraying the 16th President, there were critics who raised questions about the historical inaccuracies within the film.

Students will view supporting video clips on the argument and read essays from The Nation Magazine and The New York Times that challenge Steven Spielberg’s film. The lesson contains links to a short documentary on Lincoln, the film. There are interviews and with historian Eric Foner and Kate Mazur.

There is an opportunity to write a SOAPSTONE Analysis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. An original prompt on analyzing the rhetoric in Kate Mazur’s op-ed critiquing Spielberg’s depiction of African-Americans is featured. Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence. If you are studying the Civil War, Lincoln, or the 19th Century—then you can fit these lessons into your curriculum plan.

These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or 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 an explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.

New in 2017: Fixed missing links

Added two focused paragraph assignments with samples

added resources for 2nd inaugural: links to prompt, rubric, samples

added clip guide for writing assignment

links to clip guide for complete film.

Added 4 pages and a lesson to resource

Added new videos

Added rhetorical situation resources

Added rhetorical situation analysis of Lincoln "Now" scene

New in 2018

Added new TED TALK on Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural

New Graphic organizers

More videos

2 student sample essays with detail + analysis sentences highlighted

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40 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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