Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 10

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In this lesson, students read and analyze the remainder of paragraph 8 and the first half of paragraph 9 of "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from The Souls of Black Folk (from "Slowly but steadily, in the following years" to "to the youth with dawning self-consciousness, self-realization, self-respect"). In this excerpt, Du Bois introduces the key metaphor of "the mountain path to Canaan" (par. 8) to explain African Americans’ progress through education. Students engage in an evidence-based discussion to consider how Du Bois uses and refines this metaphor. Student learning is assessed via a Quick

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and...
W.11-12.9.b Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the...
L.11-12.5.a Interpret figures of speech (e.g., hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in the...

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