Students will come in today having answered a series of questions on James McBride’s essay “Hip-hop Planet;” I gave them all week to do this, telling them on Monday that these questions would act as a summative assessment of their ability to closely analyze a text at this point. So the expectation is that the answers they wrote will be thorough responses.
This piece, while a modern text, is nevertheless quite complex and has multiple central ideas working simultaneously. So it provides a great opportunity to work on standard two for reading informational texts, which explicitly says students in eleventh grade should be learning how to recognize multiple central ideas working together in a text. This piece is the anchor text for the Popular Culture unit in The Language of Composition 2e textbook, so there were over twenty questions to choose from; many of the nine I chose for students to answer (1,2,4,7 from “Questions for Discussion” on pg. 796, 1,3,7,8,10 from “questions on Rhetoric and Style” on pg. 797) focused in some way on author purpose and arguments (Here is a video explanation of the choices: hip hop questions mp4.mp4).
Because I want to conference one on one with individual students regarding their memoir essays, I will have students work in groups today as we jigsaw the questions for discussion, as explained in the next section.
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