On June 1, 2017, President Trump made a statement in the Rose Garden, in which he withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accords. The decision was meet with applause from conservative politicians and media and met with disappointment from much of the world.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on understanding the argument for withdrawing from the Paris Agreements. Students will also study President Donald Trump’s statement by reading, viewing, and examining annotations. There is a Ted Talk on Climate Change. Also, students will read and watch President Obama’s 2015 speech in Paris on The Climate Accords. The link to a This American Life segment where a conservative Republican politician attempts to discuss climate change with conservative audiences is part of this resource.
The lessons feature a prompt on the synthesis essay using op-eds from different American newspapers around the time of President Trump’s statement on withdrawing from the Paris Accords. Students will work on crafting a thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis and the Socratic Seminar.
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. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, climate change, President Trump, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom