Authors Renee Shea and Megan Pankiewicz proudly present Balance, not Bias: Maintaining Civil Discourse in this Year's Election, a seminar about the incorporating rhetorical analysis from the election into your AP® English Language and Composition classroom in Fall 2016.
Renee and Megan offer specific strategies to use in the AP® Language classroom during the final weeks leading up to the presidential election. Along with the webinar PowerPoint participants will receive a classroom-ready instructional approach (e.g., graphic rganizer, analytical framework) for each of these strategies, developed to use individually or together:
- Don’t take sides: objectively analyze the rhetoric of a candidate without indicating support or opposition to him/her
- Roleplay: assume the persona of a pundit/analyst reporting on one of the presidential debates.
- Explore social media: consider how social media fuels controversy and accusatory rhetoric
- Shift the focus from the candidates to their surrogates: comparison/contrast of the convention speeches by Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton
- Evaluate approaches to advertising: examine the impact of ads that are anti-opponent vs. pro-candidate
- Laugh a little: consider humorous, often satiric, commentaries (one print, one video)
- Take a longer view: Consider election 2016 in larger, more philosophical terms than the candidates themselves with two recent articles