- 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. Georgia
- ELAGSE11-12RI2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text. Georgia
- ELAGSE11-12RI3 Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text. Georgia
Students will be able to watch and perform a rhetorical analysis on a controversial music video.
Let’s have a brief discussion on what exactly is a rhetorical analysis! Like, what am I asking you to do?
I remember rhetorical analysis by thinking “somebody does something because reasons.” And then I try to write about who is doing what and what reasons they have for doing it. You should also explain HOW they do it, but I personally think the HOW is less important than the WHY.
We’re going to be watching a music video today for our rhetorical analysis! You’ve probably seen this before – it’s called “This Is America” by Childish Gambino.
If you have not already seen the video, or if you have and do not wish to see it, this is your content warning. The video IS fairly violent, but part of our analysis will be discussing WHY the artist chose to include such graphic imagery.
There’s a lot going on in this video, so I want to take some time to analyze it as a class. What did you think? What stood out to you? What imagery stuck in your head? What do you think Childish Gambino and the director, Hiro Murai, were trying to accomplish with this?
After we discuss as a class, I want everyone to take about half an hour to individually write a one-page response to this video, analyzing its purpose and why you think Childish Gambino and Hiro Murai made these specific choices. You should make sure to address how the video relates to the American Dream and whether or not it is still alive.
Debrief: Turn and talk to a neighbor about what we did today, and get their thoughts on it. Turn in your one-page writing assignment on the way out!
Formative (essays for completion)
Process (scaffolding), Interest (high interest music video)