American Lit: The Road to Success

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RI1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Learning Target: I can critique two arguments, and defend, challenge, or qualify statements in an argument to help me revise my working definition of the American Dream.

Opening Session: The Speech that Made Obama President

Work Session: Today we’re going to be reading the speech we just watched excerpts of in that video up there! This was the Keynote Address at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, when John Kerry ran against President Bush. Bush won that election, but as you know, four years later Obama himself ran and won the 2008 Presidential election.

We will read this speech together starting on page 93, stopping to discuss along the way, and then do the Second Read questions on page 96. If we have time, we will move on to “The Right to Fail” on the next page, but most likely that’ll be saved for tomorrow.

Closing Session: Ticket out the door – what was the most interesting part of Obama’s speech?

Assessment: Informal – class discussions, second read questions

Differentiation: Process (volunteers to read, scaffolding questions)

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