Grade 11 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 2

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In this lesson, students read and analyze paragraphs 1 and 2 of "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" from The Souls of Black Folk (from "Between me and the other world there is ever an unasked question" to "but shut out from their world by a vast veil"). In this excerpt, Du Bois writes of the "strange experience" of "being a problem" in America (par. 2). Students analyze how Du Bois introduces ideas, and consider how these ideas interact and develop over the course of this excerpt. Additionally, students are introduced to the Ideas Tracking Tool, which they use throughout this unit to record how Du Bois unfolds a complex series of ideas throughout his essay. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: Analyze how two ideas interact and develop over the course of this excerpt.


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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.11-12.3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story...
RL.11-12.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., 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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