Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 18

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In this lesson, students are introduced to Booker T. Washington’s "Atlanta Compromise Speech" and read and analyze paragraphs 1–2 (from "Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Board of Directors and Citizens" to "starting a dairy farm or truck garden"). In these paragraphs, Washington begins to explore the important role he believes African Americans play in the future success of the South. Students analyze how Washington establishes his point of view in the opening paragraphs of his speech. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: How does Washington establish his point of view in paragraphs 1–2?

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.11-12.6 Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in...
W.11-12.9.b Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the...
L.11-12.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

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