Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 19

High School Students

In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 3–4 of Booker T. Washington’s "Atlanta Compromise Speech" (from "A ship lost at sea for many days" through "permit our grievances to overshadow our opportunities"). In these paragraphs, Washington tells the story of "a ship lost at sea" to further develop his point of view that African Americans should participate in the economic development of the South in order to improve their circumstances. Students explore Washington’s use of rhetoric in these paragraphs in order to analyze how his style and content contribute to the persuasiveness of his speech, and record their analyses on their Rhetorical Impact Tracking Tools. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: How does Washington’s use of rhetoric contribute to the persuasiveness of this excerpt?

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.11-12.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the...
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...

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