Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 14

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In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraph 12 of "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (from "So dawned the time of Sturm and Drang" to "or her vulgar music with the soul of the Sorrow Songs?"). In this paragraph, Du Bois further develops the central idea of attaining liberty as he reflects upon the "ideals of the past" (par. 12) and considers what is necessary for the future.

In this lesson, students explore the development of central ideas over the course of the text. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: How do two or more central ideas from "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" interact and 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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