Teach Argument With Bob Dylan

19 Dylan

Bob Dylan has long been heralded as more than just a singer and a songwriter.  President Obama has referred to Dylan has his favorite “poet,” and in October of 2016, Dylan received the Nobel Prize for Literature.  The best part?  All of that makes for some compelling controversy worth analyzing and arguing about.

This lesson set packed.  It begins with a “jigsaw” (small-group) based rhetorical analysis task that prompts students to take four different perspectives on their analysis of “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”  This is followed by a few awesome close reading tasks, even more awesome comparative analysis tasks, and of course, two writing prompts.

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Lesson Features

Grades Secondary, Advanced Placement
Focus Rhetorical Analysis, Synthesis, Writing

Lesson Description

What you can expect to find in this lesson bundle:

  • A “jigsaw” style small-group learning task that prompts groups to work collaboratively on a rhetorical analysis of “The Times They Are A-Changin'” — through four different lenses.
  • A close reading of excerpted lyrics, accompanied by guiding questions for discussion and analysis.
  • An intra-textual comparative analysis (i.e. analyzing, comparing, and contrasting the arguments embedded within multiple verses).
  • A synthesis writing task that prompts students to compare the rhetorical devices utilized by Dylan in “The Times They Are A-Changin'” with those found in a second text.
  • A comparative rhetorical analysis essay prompt that asks students to analyze and compare two opposing arguments regarding Dylan’s having been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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