This lesson encourages students to write with greater profundity when analyzing an author’s choices regarding argument and other rhetorical choices. William Shakespeare wrote a speech in the collaborative play, The Book of Sir Thomas More, by Anthony Munday. Students study multimedia that teaches the context, language and other author’s techniques for the piece. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a Socratic discussion, SOAPSTONE Analysis, short paragraph assessments, Socratic Seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
The TED TALKS “A Boat Carrying 500 Refugees Sunk at Sea. The Story of Two Survivors” by Melissa Fleming & “What Refugees Taught Me About Shakespeare,” by Jessica Bauman are used in this resource. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and videos showing the themes of refugee survival in Europe. There is a short paragraph writing opportunity by penning a paragraph letter to the Prime Ministers of France and England describing conditions at the Calais Refugee Camp. Students will reading a New York Times op-ed, “Abandoned in Calais” 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 The New York Times article, “Making Shakespeare Their Own, Serious and Silly,” by Alexis Soloski. The students will complete a PAPA Square for Rhetorical Analysis for The Atlantic Monthly essay, “The Spectacular Humanity of The Jungle.” The entire lessons act as an explication and a building of context for the synthesis essay based on the prompt from The New York Times Room for Debate series, “Should Europe Shun Refugees After the Paris Attacks?”
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.