Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 12

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In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraph 10 of "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (from "A people thus handicapped ought not to be asked" to "to whom ‘discouragement’ is an unwritten word"). In this excerpt, Du Bois explores how African Americans experience prejudice. Students engage in an evidence-based discussion and analyze how Du Bois develops and refines the meaning of prejudice throughout this paragraph. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: How does Du Bois use and refine the meaning of the key term prejudice over the course of paragraph 10?

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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...

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