Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 15

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In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 13–14 of "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from The Souls of Black Folk (from "Merely a concrete test of the underlying principles" to "listen to the striving in the souls of black folk"). Students analyze how the final two paragraphs of the text relate to each other and how they serve as an effective conclusion of the chapter. Students engage in a collaborative discussion about Du Bois’s purpose for writing the chapter and how he refines a central idea in the final two paragraphs. Additionally, students revise a Quick Write assessment from a previous lesson, integrating writing skills learned in previous lessons. For the lesson assessment, students revise their Quick Write responses from either Lesson 13 or Lesson 14, based on the following prompt: Expand and develop your Quick Write response from either Lesson 13 or 14 by refining your evidence selection or adding more significant and relevant evidence, and incorporate appropriate and varied transitions to link ideas and create cohesion.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
W.11-12.2.b Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended...
W.11-12.2.c Use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major sections of the text, create...
W.11-12.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new...

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