This lesson encourages students to write with greater profundity when analyzing an argument. Amanda Machado wrote “Traveling While Latino,” in the Atlantic Monthly. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument from a passage in the article. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, short paragraph responses, a Socratic Seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
A TED TALK, “How to Travel the World with Almost No Money,” by Tomislav Perko is utilized. There is a short paragraph writing opportunity writing about the student’s best traveling experiences. Students will be reading “The Strangeness of Being a Latina who Loves Hiking” and on charts provided in the appendix, they will complete the evaluation of ethos, logos, and pathos. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation on an essay, “The Littlest Don Quixotes Versus the World,” by Valerie Luiselli. Finally, the students will complete a PAPA Square for Rhetorical Analysis for The New York Times article, “The Other Side of the Wall: A New Generation of Latino Art,” by Kirstin Valdez Quade. The entire lessons act as an explication and a building of context for the rhetorical analysis for finding Amanda Machado’s purpose in “Traveling While Latino.” Other interviews with the author help the students understand the assessment tasks. The song, “Latinoamérica” by Calle 13 in a video with English translations as well as a link to the English lyrics are also available in the resource.
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.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, travel, World Literature, argument