Teach Argument With Childish Gambino’s This Is America

Every once and a while, a pop culture phenomena surfaces that truly resounds with our mission — and Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” is exactly that.  (Thanks, Mr. Glover, for crafting this awesome argument.)

This lesson bundle prompts students to analyze, unpack, and attack the argument posed in “This Is America” from many angles — via close reading, analysis of visual rhetoric, rhetorical precis, and more.

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Lesson Description

This lesson bundle asks students to engage with the argument posed by Childish Gambino’s “This Is America.”  The song and music video were instant viral successes — but they make some stark and heavy-hitting claims about what it means to be “America.”

These resources prompt students to:

  • Conduct a guided rhetorical analysis of the lyrics — including questions to scaffold the analytical process, space to annotate and take notes, and the argument-based language necessary to delve more deeply into a rhetorical analysis;
  • Unpack the argument using brief and targeted SOAPSTone exercises;
  • Write a rhetorical precis that requires higher levels of thinking and understanding;
  • Engage in a visual analysis task that can be flexibly implemented (as a whole class, in small groups, as multiple individual analyses to be conducted over time or for homework, etc.);
  • And more!

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