In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraph 11 of "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (from "But the facing of so vast a prejudice" to "the sobering realization of the meaning of progress"). In this excerpt, Du Bois further develops the meaning of the word prejudice and the impact it has on the African-American community.
Students analyze Du Bois’s use of rhetoric, and consider how his style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text. Additionally, students practice using appropriate transitions to create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among ideas in their own written responses in this lesson and in subsequent lesson assessments. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: Analyze how Du Bois's style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of paragraph 11.