Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 11

Students studying

In this lesson, students read and analyze the remainder of paragraph 9 of "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (from "In those sombre forests of his striving" to "threatening almost the obliteration of the Negro home"). In this excerpt, Du Bois explores African Americans’ "dawning" sense of "self-consciousness" (par. 9). Students engage in an evidence-based discussion to analyze how Du Bois weaves together and develops ideas introduced earlier in the text. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: How do two or more central ideas introduced earlier in the text interact or build on one another in this excerpt?

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.11-12.2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the...
W.11-12.9.b Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the...

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